Viral Illness At St. Stephen???s Primary School

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The Ministry of Health is currently monitoring the situation at the St. Stephen’s Primary School, in Black Rock, St. Michael, where 26 pupils took ill today, with a viral illness. Symptoms included vomiting, fever and headache.

Officers from the Ministry were dispatched to investigate the cause of the illness and some students were routed to either public or private physicians for treatment.??

The Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the situation and reminds the public that if they experience similar symptoms, they should stay away from school or work until the symptoms resolve or consult a doctor, if necessary.

Persons should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the toilet; having diarrhoea or vomiting; changing diapers; touching stool-soiled or vomit-soiled materials, toilets or surfaces; before handling food or drink; after cleaning up vomit or diarrhoea from someone who is ill, and before eating.??

In addition, contaminated surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected immediately after an episode of the illness, by using a bleach-based household cleaner.??

lisa.bayley@barbados.gov.bb

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