166 children fall ill with vomiting bug in major outbreak at same English primary school

166 children fall ill with vomiting bug in major outbreak at same English primary school
Scores of children and teachers were sent home after a vomiting bug hit a primary school in the northern English city of Sheffield.

A total of 166 kids and three members of staff at Intake Primary School were registered as off sick in recent days as parents fear a major outbreak of winter norovirus.

“We have taken advice from environmental health and public health,” a school spokeswoman said. 

“People are saying it’s the norovirus but there is no confirmed diagnosis yet.”

A spokeswoman for Taylor Shaw food services, which caters for the school, told RT: “All we can tell you it’s a vomiting bug, not food poisoning.” 

Earlier last month a school in Gloucestershire was closed suddenly due to an outbreak of a sickness bug, also believed to be norovirus.

The Longney C of E Primary School, in the Severnside village, which closed on a Friday, was deep-cleaned over the weekend and reopened on Monday.

The school has since told reporters there will be a “deep clean” of its premises. The cause of the vomiting bug is as yet unconfirmed.