Orkney school probe as 80 pupils hit by bug.
A PROBE has been launched after 80 schoolchildren were hit by a suspected norovirus sickness bug in Orkney.
NHS Orkney and the environmental health and education departments of Orkney Islands Council are investigating the spate of vomiting and diarrhoea at Papdale Primary School.
Dr Louise Wilson, director of public health at NHS Orkney, said:"We know that norovirus is circulating in the community at the moment.
"The virus is easily spread through contact with an infected person or contaminated surfaces.
"Hand washing is. important to prevent spread, and people affected should stay away from school or work until free of symptoms for 48 hours."