By Moya O’Donnell
A number of schools across Northern Ireland have been forced to close in a bid
to stop further outbreaks of the Norovirus, otherwise known as the ‘winter
Clandeboye primary school in Bangor was hit particularly hard. Around a
quarter of the schools 360 pupils were absent and the school had to be shut on
On their Twitter account, the school said that they would be closed
for ‘deep cleaning in an attempt to stem the spread of the winter vomiting bug.’
Another school, St. Pius X College in Magherafelt has been affected by the
In a post on their facebook page, the college stated that there had been
a ‘significant number of incidences of pupil illness.’
They have advised that parents and pupils follow safety guidelines set forward by the Public Health
According to the PHA Norovirus outbreaks are most common
in semi-enclosed places such as hospitals, residency homes and in particular,
schools. The bug can be very unpleasant but it usually only lasts for 1-2 days.
Advice given for treatment is:
● Stay off school or work until the symptoms have passed for two days.
● Get plenty of rest.
● Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated.
● Refrain from visiting anyone in the hospital during this time,
More information on the Norovirus can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/norovirus/