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Parents and children were reunited today at a school in Leeds today after 50 pupils and teachers were taken to hospital in Belgium following a mystery illness. The pupils from Guisley arrived home this afternoon, with those who were initially too ill to travel due back tonight. Adam Fowler reports.
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A group of pupils from a school in West Yorkshire who were taken ill in Belgium have returned home.
50 students and staff from the Guiseley School were hospitalised with a mystery illness in the town of Zebbrugge on the Belgian coast. They returned to the school on Wednesday morning.
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Half of the Guiseley School pupils and all the members of staff affected by illness on a trip to Europe have now been released from hospital in Zeebrugge.
46 pupils and four members of staff had to be hospitalised after they became ill on the Year 11 trip to the First World War Battlefields in France and Belgium. 80 pupils and eight members of staff were on the trip.
More of the pupils affected are expected to be released from hospital later today.
The source of the illness is still not known.
All of the students discharged from hospital and those unaffected by the illness will return home this evening.
50 school children and teachers have been hospitalised during a trip to Belgium. The group of around 80 were visiting the coastal town of Zeebrugge from the Guiseley School, in West Yorkshire.
A statement released by the school said those affected were being checked by doctors, while extra staff have been sent to provide assistance:
Whilst travelling back from a school trip to Belgium and France, a number of our staff and children were taken ill. Both children and staff have been checked by doctors and while their conditions are not thought to be serious or contagious, as a precaution, some were kept in hospital and are being monitored.
Our first priority is always the safety of our children. Extra staff from school have arrived in Belgium to assist further, and working with the Belgium authorities, we are hopeful that most of the children will be starting their journey home today.