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Final pupils return home after mass sickness on school trip

The four students who remained in a Belgian hospital after a mass outbreak of suspected food poisoning have returned home to West Yorkshire 24 hours after 42 pupils and four teachers, who'd also been hospitalised in Zeebrugge on Monday night, arrived back at the Guiseley School. The school party, which had been visiting the Belgian and French war graves, became ill as they entered the Zeebrugge ferry port.


Pupils return after Belgian mystery illness

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.

Source of school trip illness still not known

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 children and teachers hospitalised on school trip

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.

50 children and staff on a trip from the Guiseley School have been hospitalised Credit: Google Maps

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.

– Guiseley School statement


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