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Hepatitis alert shuts two schools.

TWO schools have shut and pupils were offered vaccinations after a cluster of five cases of Hepatitis A were confirmed.

The cases involve pupils at Victoria Primary in Penarth and Palmerston Primary in Barry, which are both being deep-cleaned as a precaution.

Palmerston was shut to pupils yesterday for deep cleaning, while Victoria Primary was closed anyway for a staff training day, enabling cleaning to be carried out, Public Health Wales said.

Dr Rhianwen Stiff, consultant in communicable disease control at Public Health Wales, said: "Public Health Wales is investigating a cluster of five confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in people living in the Vale of Glamorgan.

"As a precaution, children in specific year groups at Victoria Primary School in Penarth and Palmerston Primary School in Barry have been offered vaccination against Hepatitis A. "There is no indication that the infection has been contracted on either school premises, and both schools are co-operating fully with arrangements."

Dr Stiff said Hepatitis A is a viral infection that may cause a flu-like illness or gastrointestinal upset.

"Hepatitis A can be unpleasant, but it's not usually serious. Children often only have a very mild illness or do not have symptoms at all."

People are advised to contact their own GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 if they have any concerns.

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Date:May 25, 2019
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