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Investigation into hepatitis outbreak at school

An investigation is underway into an outbreak of hepatitis A in the Caerphilly area.

Glyn-Gaer Primary School. Credit: Google Street View

Public Health Wales says four cases have been identified all of whom are associated with Glyn-Gaer Primary School at Hengoed.

As a precaution vaccination is being offered to pupils and staff who may be at risk through socialising and playing together in the school.

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Hepatitis A is a viral infection, usually short lived that has unpleasant symptoms but is rarely serious.

Children often only have a very mild illness.

Symptoms can include flu-like symptoms such as tiredness, general aches and pains, headaches and fever, as well as loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pains, jaundice, very dark urine and itchy skin.

Good hand washing after using the toilet and before preparing or eating food is the best way to prevent the virus spreading.

Children may have very few symptoms but can pass the virus onto others so we are reminding parents to encourage good hand washing at all times.

Parents are also being advised not to send their child to school for 7 days if hepatitis A is suspected.

– Heather Lewis, Consultant in Health Protection for Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales says due to the long incubation period of hepatitis A more cases are expected.

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