Investigation after outbreak of diarrhoea bug at Liverpool school

Millstead Primary School School in Everton
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An investigation is taking place at a Liverpool school after a number of cases of an infection causing diarrhoea and stomach cramps.

The UK Health Security Agency's (UKHSA) Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection team is working with Liverpool City Council and partners following what it says is a small number of cases of Giardia linked to Millstead Primary School in Everton.

Emma Savage, a consultant in Health Protection from the UK Health Security Agency North West, said: “Investigations are ongoing, and we have provided information and advice to the school and parents. Public health measures have been put in place to help prevent further cases.”

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Giardiasis is an infection of the digestive system caused by tiny parasites known as Giardia lamblia. The infection can cause symptoms such as diarrhoea, stomach cramps, flatulence and bloating but it is generally not a serious risk to health and can be treated easily with antibiotics.

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Once treated symptoms should stop in about a week but can sometimes last longer. Giardiasis can be spread by direct contact with infected people or animals, or from swallowing contaminated water, food or drinks.

According to the UKHSA, Giardiasis can be prevented by:

- Washing your hands with soap and water

- Washing your hands after going to the toilet

- Washing your hands after changing a nappy

- Washing your hands before handling and eating food

- Encouraging your children to wash their hands regularly

For further information you may consult the NHS webpage: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/giardiasis/

Any parents concerned that they or their child is displaying symptoms related to Giardia, should contact their GP or NHS 111.

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