Local News & Archive — January 31, 2017 at 4:59 pm — Updated: February 1, 2017 at 1:48 pm

Hepatitis A case confirmed at Rhyl school



Public health officials have confirmed a case of hepatitis A at a Rhyl primary school.

Ysgol Dewi Sant alerted parents last Friday after a pupil was diagnosed with the infection. The child’s family and close contacts within the school have been offered vaccination as a precaution.

The school said other pupils in the child’s classroom were immunised on Tuesday morning following advice from health officials.

Public Health Wales said it was working closely with environmental health officers at Denbighshire County Council but stressed there was no wider risk.

Dr Graham Brown, a consultant in communicable disease control, said: ”Hepatitis A is usually a short term infection that has very unpleasant symptoms but is rarely serious. Symptoms include flu-like symptoms like tiredness, general aches and pains, headaches and fever, as well as loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pains, jaundice, very dark urine and itchy skin.

 ”People are advised to contact their own GP if they have any concerns about their health or their child’s health.”

In a statement, Ysgol Dewi Sant said: ”The school has been following stringent guidelines from Public Health Wales and the council’s environmental health team since this incident came to light. It arranged to clean all the facilities in the classroom, again in line with health and safety guidelines issued.”

They added: ”Parents and guardians were notified of this incident through letter and e-mail at the end of last week and a programme of immunisation took place yesterday morning for pupils in the classroom in question, on the advice of health officials. There were plenty of people on hand to answer any questions from parents and we hope this will help alleviate any concerns individual parents may have had.”

Those concerned about their health or their child’s health are advised to contact their own GP.

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