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School shut for `deep clean' after virus outbreak

The school was closed after a virus struck

A PRIMARY school remained closed yesterday for a deep clean following an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea.

More than 200 children at Portstewart PS were told to stay home on Monday as a precaution.

The school said it chose to close following advice from Education Authority "due to a widespread virus".

It is understood that about 45 pupils and staff have become unwell in recent days with the winter vomiting bug, or Novovirus.

In a letter to parents it said: "The school is currently experiencing an increase in the number of children with symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting illness.

"We are working with the Public Health Agency to minimise the risk of spread of the infection within the school."

It asked parents whose children were unwell not to send them to school until they have been symptom free for 48 hours.

"However, please ensure that you contact us and inform us so that we can monitor the situation.

"With this letter we are also enclosing a fact sheet on gastroenteritis and guide to hand washing that you may find useful. If you are concerned about your child’s health please seek medical advice."

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