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School will not close after outbreak of 'hand, foot and mouth'
12:59pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
AN outbreak of the virus “hand, foot and mouth” among pupils will not force a primary school to close, St Helens Council said on Wednesday.
Several children at Merton Bank Primary have been diagnosed with the illness, which although rare in healthy adults, is common in children.
It is a viral infection that spreads through coughs and sneezes. Typical symptoms include cold like symptoms a non-itchy rash and mouth ulcers.
These symptoms usually pass within seven days.
A council spokesperson said: “The school has sought advice from Public Health England and St Helens Council’s Public Health Team.
“They have advised that there is no need for the school to close and the situation is being managed by the school in accordance with the advice received, primarily good hygiene and hand washing which can prevent further spread.
“Hand, foot and mouth is not a serious disease but rather a mild viral infection that can last for seven to ten days.
“Advice has been provided to parents on how best to deal with the early stages of the illness.”
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