Local News & Archive — March 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm — Updated: March 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm

Second Hepatitis A case at Rhyl school

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A second case of Hepatitis A has been confirmed at a Rhyl primary school.

Public health officials say they believe the new case at Ysgol Dewi Sant is likely to be connected to that of another child diagnosed with the virus in January.

Children and staff have been offered a vaccination as a precaution, along with other children and carers who attend an after school club. Pupils’ parents have also been sent a letter.

Public Health Wales said the timing of the second case emerging suggests that other children at the school may have also had the infection without knowing it – but officials stressed the risk to the public remains low.

Dr Graham Brown, a consultant in communicable disease control, said: ”In younger children, Hepatitis A is usually a mild and short term infection, and in most cases the child will not demonstrate any symptoms. This suggests that other children at the school may have had the infection without knowing it.”

”When symptoms do appear they are usually flu-like, and include 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 or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 if they have any concerns about their health or their child’s health.”

The school has been issued further public health advice on controlling and preventing infection – including hand washing and disinfection. The Betsi Cadwaladr health board is also supporting the investigation into the outbreak.

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