Wales

Two pupils at Cardiff school have hepatitis A infection

Two pupils at primary school in Cardiff have hepatitis A, say health officials.

More than 300 children and staff at at Meadowlane Primary School in St Mellons have now been screened for the infection.

Those in close contact with the two pupils in the school and their families have been offered a vaccination.

Public Health Wales said hepatitis A had very unpleasant symptoms but was rarely serious.

Screening was carried out by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board staff, supported by Public Health Wales.

'No wider risk'

Public Health Wales said: "The school has been extremely supportive and we continue to work closely with Cardiff council environmental health officers to investigate the cases and to offer advice to parents, school staff and pupils.

"There is no wider risk outside the school community.

"Hepatitis A is usually a short term infection that has very unpleasant symptoms but is rarely serious.

"Symptoms include flu-like symptoms like tiredness, general aches and pains, headaches and fever, as well as loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pains, jaundice, very dark urine and itchy skin.

"People are advised to contact their own GP if they have any concerns about their health or their child's health.

"No new cases have been identified but we continue to monitor the situation."

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