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Hepatitis A outbreak at Ripon school

Hepatitis A outbreak at Ripon school

Published by May Norman at 10:52am 20th June 2019. (Updated at 11:03am 20th June 2019)

Main image: Google Maps of Clotherholme Road, Outwood Academy, Ripon

Ripon School affected by outbreak of Hepatitis A

  • Public Health England is investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A at a Ripon school.
  • Eight students and staff at Outwood Academy have suffered from the viral infection.
  • Letters have been sent to parents with information on signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A.
  • They've also been asked to follow strict hand hygiene measures.

There's an outbreak of Hepatitis A at Outwood Academy in Ripon.

Eight students and staff have been affected.

Public Health England has confirmed the news and is investigating the cases at the school.

Hepatitis A is rare in the UK and is spread in the faeces of the infected person.

Letters have been sent to parents of students.

Hepatitis A

According to the NHS website, Hepatitis A is described as a viral infection which affects the liver.

It is most often seen in children and young adults and is a different disease to Hepatitis B and Hepatits C.

Dr Simon Padfield, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control at PHE Yorkshire and the Humber, said:

“We can confirm that eight cases of Hepatitis A have been confirmed recently in individuals at a North Yorkshire secondary school. Those affected are being treated and are recovering.

“Hepatitis A is a viral infection which affects the liver and is a different disease from Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

“Parents of pupils at the school, and staff members, have been informed about the cases and reassured that any health risk is low. Hepatitis A is usually a mild illness, though it can be more serious in adults, if left untreated. Children often don’t show any symptoms, though they can pass on the infection to others.

“Families and staff at the school have been provided with information on signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A and have been asked to follow strict hand hygiene measures.”

Stray FM has contacted the school and the Outwood Institute of Education for a comment and are awaiting for a response.

A member of staff at Outwood Academy has confirmed 'they are working with Public Health England'.