Chorley school deep-cleaned to kill bug
February 24 2011
A Chorley primary school is being deep-cleaned this week following a virus outbreak.
Highfield Primary School was forced to close four days early for half-term after dozens of youngsters contracted the winter vomiting bug, the Lancashire Telegraph reports.
Headteacher Sue Cornall told the newspaper: "I can confirm that I closed the school last Tuesday following a suspected outbreak of the norovirus.
"A number of the children were exhibiting symptoms associated with the virus so, in accordance with standard procedures, I have closed the school and am arranging for the school to be 'deep cleaned'."
Dr Ken Landen of the Health Protection Agency in Chorley said viruses thrive in contained environments such as schools.
He added that closing a school is an effective way to minimise risk and prevent a bug from spreading.
A deep clean will also lessen the likelihood of the virus reoccurring, Dr Landen continued.
Posted by Andrew Jones
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