Leicester primary school closed after 120 children fall ill

A primary school in Leicester has been forced to close after more than a hundred children have fallen ill with a vomiting and diarrhoea bug.

Teachers and Staff at Rowlatts Mead Primary Academy have been advised to carry out a thorough deep clean of the building before the children are allowed back into school.

It’s believed at least a 120 pupils have been affected by the flu-like virus in which the person feels sick causing them to vomit.

Public Health England have advised the primary school, which is located in the Rowlatts Hill area, to clean down equipment and classrooms.


The school is run by The Mead Educational Trust, which posted a message on its website saying: “Due to the outbreak of a virus across the school that has resulted in over 120 pupils being absent with sickness and vomiting, we have taken the decision to close the school for two days to do a full and deep clean of the entire building.”

“This way we hope to stop the spread of the virus any further and protect the children/staff currently still unaffected.”

“We ask that people be alert to the signs of flu which include sudden onset of fever, cough as well as sore throat, aching muscles and joints. The best advice is to rest, keep warm and drink plenty of water. All staff and children with symptoms of flu-like illness must be kept off school.”

If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, contact NHS 111 for advice.

The school is expected to remain closed for two days and reopen on Thursday morning.

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