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Virus hits 40 staff and pupils.

Pupils and staff members at a primary school have been struck down with the highly infectious Norovirus.

The number of pupils and staff at Christ the King Catholic Primary School in Bournemouth suffering from the gastric illness has risen to 64.

It was first reported on June 30, when 40 people began suffering from vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches, stomach pains, aching muscles and a fever.

The school contacted Dorset and Somerset Health Protection Unit which diagnosed the Norovirus.

All the infected children, aged between four and 11, have been told to stay off school for at least 48 hours to reduce the spread of the virus.

The school has also sent a letter to parents of the 480 pupils with advice on how to stop the illness spreading.
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