Two confirmed cases of hepatitis A at Whitton Community Primary School in Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 12:35 09 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:35 09 June 2016
There has been an outbreak of the viral infection hepatitis A at an Ipswich primary school, Public Health England has confirmed.
Two cases of the illness have been reported at Whitton Community Primary School, but the source of their infection has not been identified.
A vaccination is being offered to all staff and pupils at the school and an “enhanced hygiene regimen” has been introduced.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection that affects the liver and is rare in the UK.
The virus is usually acquired by eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated with the virus and also can be spread from person to person.
Hepatitis A is not usually serious and most people make a full recovery within a couple of months.
Dr David Irwin, consultant in communicable disease control with Public Health England, said: “Both cases are recovering well. We are working with the school, school nursing services and Ipswich & East Suffolk CCG to ensure all necessary public health action is being taken. This includes the offer of hepatitis A vaccination to all pupils and onsite staff as part of a voluntary immunisation programme.”