Stoke & Staffordshire

Friarswood school reopens after E. coli outbreak

A Staffordshire primary school has reopened almost two weeks after it shut due to an E. coli outbreak.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) closed Friarswood Primary School in Newcastle-under-Lyme after three children fell ill.

Testing found a total of 14 people were suffering from E. coli O157 - and 18 were carrying the infection.

Following the closure, the school has been "deep-cleaned" and the council said it was now "fit for purpose".


Liz Staples, from Staffordshire County Council, said: "I would like to thank parents and pupils for their cooperation during the last few weeks which I know have been quite stressful for them.

"The rooms - and everything in them - have been completely sanitised and environmental health officers have been inspecting the school on a daily basis to ensure that stringent procedures have been followed to the letter."

Staff will make sure all children wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating. Antibacterial hand gel is available in all classrooms.

Parents have been told that any child with sickness and diarrhoea needs to be symptom-free for 48 hours before returning to school.

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