School closes a winter vomiting bug hits Richmondshire

A Richmondshire primary school has closed for two days following an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, also known as norovirus.

Carnagill Community Primary School, in Catterick Garrison, will shut today and tomorrow.

A school spokesperson said: “Due to high levels of sickness amongst children and staff, we have made the difficult decision to close school tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday.

“This is for safety and well being reasons.

“We will see you all back in school on Friday morning. Thank you for your support in this matter.”

Other schools in the district have also been affected.

In a message to a parents, Wavell Junior School, in Catterick Garrison, said: “Please be aware that there has been a surge of cases across the Garrison and surrounding areas.

“There seems to be a higher level of absence across all local schools and large numbers of pupils have had to be sent home.

“If your child is affected, please follow the NHS guidelines.”

Schools across the country have been affected by the outbreak in recent days.

Symptoms typically begin 12 to 48 hours after exposure, lasting typically from one to three days.

Symptoms can be a combination of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and aching joints and limbs.

The NHS recommends that children and young people should drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and take paracetamol for any fever, aches or pains.