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Norovirus outbreak in Devon primary schools sees 60 children and staff sent home

Pupils and staff at Broadclyst and Westclyst primary schools in Devon have been hit by the 'winter vomiting bug', Norovirus. Credit: ITV West Country

A sudden outbreak of Norovirus at two schools in Devon has affected around 60 pupils and members of staff.

Westclyst and Broadclyst Primary Schools have sent home those affected with suspected cases of the bug.

Public Health England and Devon County Council and working together to decontaminate the schools over the weekend and investigate the cause of the outbreak.

Symptoms of the virus include vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhoea. Credit: PA Images

Symptoms of Norovirus:

  • Feeling sick (nausea)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • High temperature of 38 degrees or above
  • Headache
  • Arching arms and legs
  • Stomach cramps

If affected, it is important to drink plenty of water and minimise direct contact with others for 48 hours to avoid spreading the virus.

It is advised not to visit a GP, but to get in contact if symptoms continue for more than a few days.

For more information, visit the NHS website.