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Warning over school illness.

PARENTS are being warned to be vigilant after two outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease in city schools in the past month.

As many as 30 pupils at Clifton Primary School, in Balsall Heath, are believed to have been affected by the infection, a parent claimed. It follows three confirmed cases at Moor Green Primary School, in Moseley, a month ago.

The condition, unrelated to foot and mouth disease in animals, is a mild illness with symptoms including blisters and ulcers and is common in children under the age of ten.

Chris Bentley, Health Protection Agency spokesman for the West Midlands, said: "We have been made aware of the Clifton Primary hand, foot and mouth cases, but it is not routine to notify us of this condition."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Mar 24, 2011
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