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Parents are being warned after a nasty vomiting and diarrhoea bug strikes schools across the UK forcing many children to go home.

What is happening? 

The outbreak of Shigellosis or Shigella as it’s technically known is spreading across schools across the UK.

Young children are more at risk of catching the bug however anyone can catch it.

What are the symptoms of the bug?

This is quite a nasty bug and will cause the following

  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Painful stomach cramps
  • High temperature (fever)
  • Nausea

With medical experts warning that the bug will last for five to seven days.

Due to the Diarrhoea element of the bug, this could lead to dehydration.

How can I can the bug?

The bug is spread via doorknobs and door handles, and anyone with direct contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with Shigellosis.

Within most cases, the bug will spread through families especially those with close contact in schools and work.

What happens if I have contracted the bug?

Shigella isn’t very nice at all, the main treatment is keeping up your fluids due to the dehydration the bug will cause.

What if I have contracted the bug

Shigella can be very unpleasant but is rarely serious.

Children who have picked up the illness are being told to remain at home for at least five days until tests show they are clear.

Stay off school or work for at least 48 hours after the vomiting and diarrhoea have stopped otherwise your going to infect someone else.

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