Around 20 Aberdeen schoolchildren sent home after being struck by stomach bug

Tullos Primary School

An Aberdeen school has been forced to quarantine dozens of pupils after being struck with an outbreak of a gastrointestinal infection.

Tullos Primary School in Aberdeen had to take action to control the infection’s spread after 30 children fell ill.

There were 28 pupils absent from the school yesterday morning and a further two were sent home over the course of the day.

Approximately 20 of the absent children had been sent home the day before after suffering symptoms of a gastrointestinal infection.

NHS Grampian has now written to parents of all children at the school to warn them of the outbreak.

It said: “There have recently been a number of children affected with diarrhoea and/or vomiting.

“At this time of the year it is common for viral infections to cause these symptoms.”

The letter also advised that any children suffering with the infection remain away from the school for 48 hours, saying: “If you or your child has diarrhoea and/or vomiting, remain at home until 48 hours after the symptoms have settled.

“Encourage thorough handwashing particularly after visiting the toilet and before eating or preparing any food.

“If symptoms persist for longer than 48 hours please contact your GP who will arrange for appropriate samples to be taken.”

The school was first struck with the infection on Tuesday, with around 20 children being sent home that day.

An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “NHS Grampian Health Protection team has informed Aberdeen City Council of an outbreak of gastrointestinal infection at Tullos school.

“In line with our procedures in responding to such outbreaks, parents of all pupils at the school have been informed by letter.

“This explains the need to keep affected children away from school until 48 hours after symptoms have cleared, and reminding them of the need for extra hygiene precautions.

“Our cleaning services colleagues are providing additional support at the school to help reduce the further spread of infection.

“After-school activities have been cancelled for the rest of this week as an additional precaution.”