Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Norovirus outbreak closes Isle of Man school

Ballacottier Primary School, Isle of Man
Image caption Ballacottier Primary school in Douglas, Isle of Man, is due to reopen on 3 April

A primary school in Douglas has closed because of a winter vomiting bug.

Several children and staff at Ballacottier School in the Manx capital have been struck with symptoms of the norovirus bug.

In a letter to parents, head teacher Carol Walsh said the school was shut on Friday to allow the building to be "deep cleaned".

The school is due to re-open on Monday, although parents are advised to keep children at home if they are unwell.

The winter sickness bug, or norovirus, is very contagious and causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

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