Beaconside School Pupils ‘Struck By Gastroenteritis Outbreak’

Reports Suggest Around 90 Affected By Illness Problems

17.06.2014

An investigation has been launched by Public Health England and Eden District Council after it was revealed that around 90 pupils at Beaconside School in Penrith had been struck by a gastroenteritis outbreak, according to reports.

The News and Star reports that enhanced cleaning has been launched at the site following the reports, with environmental health specialists now working to identify the cause of the illness problems.

It is understood that the problems have not been linked to food preparation at the school, while parents have been asked to ensure children are kept away from the site for 48 hours if they do experience symptoms.

Authorities have said that Beaconside School is co-operating fully with the investigations into the problems.

Expert Opinion
Through our work on behalf of thousands of victims of illness outbreaks both in the UK and abroad, we have seen that – as well as being very unpleasant – such issues can lead some sufferers to develop long-term health problems.

"Due to this, it is vital that Public Health England and local health authorities work quickly and thoroughly to ensure that the further spread of the illness is prevented. After that, staff, pupils and their families will be keen for answers regarding the problems and reassurances that steps have been taken to try to prevent such an outbreak from emerging again.

"A thorough investigation should provide vital answers which can be shared across the wider school community, so that lessons can be learned to help prevent anyone else being affected by such issues."
Amandeep Dhillon, Partner