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Local authority advice in response to outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting

As I am sure you are aware, we are experiencing increasing reports of diarrhoea and vomiting in schools in Knowsley and across the North West. Combined with this we now have increasing numbers of schools reporting flu-like illness in staff and pupils. There has been an increase in confirmed flu cases in the community in the North West.


I am writing to ask that you remain vigilant and follow these few important steps:

·         Those reporting diarrhoea and vomiting should exclude themselves from school until 48 hours after the diarrhoea and/or vomiting have stopped

·         Those who are affected by flu like illnesses should stay off school until they have recovered and have not had a fever for at least 24 hours

·         Promote good hand hygiene as hand washing with soap is an effective way to stop infections from spreading.