Hepatitis A Outbreak

You may have heard or seen on the news that Public Health Wales (PHW) has declared a formal outbreak of Hepatitis A in a local primary school. We understand this outbreak may be a cause of concern, particularly in relation to siblings and other relatives of those infected. We thought we’d share the advice we have been given. Please like and share
“PHW have confirmed that “any child that is a contact of a case of hepatitis A, or is a contact of a child that is in the same class as a case of Hepatitis A (this could be a sibling/cousin or playmate) can attend school as normal providing they are well and do not have any symptoms.”
For your information, please note the following:-
A pupil should refrain from attending school for 7 days after the cessation of symptoms where Hepatitis A is diagnosed or suspected, or 48 hours if another disease/infection is suspected (i.e. standard procedure of sickness and diarrhoea),. The symptoms of Hepatitis A are:-
Ø Flu-like symptoms (tiredness, general aches and pains, headaches and fever)
Ø Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting
Ø Jaundice – this causes skin and the whites of eyes to become yellow. It may also turn urine very dark and faeces stools pale. Jaundice can also cause itching.
Ø Abdominal pain.
Good handwashing after using the toilet and before preparing or eating food is the best way to prevent the virus spreading. Supervision of pupils handwashing for younger children is therefore encouraged.