Vomiting bug closes Knowle Primary School in Plymouth

A primary school in Plymouth has been closed after about 50 pupils and staff fell ill with a sickness bug.

Knowle Primary School, in the West Park area of the city, has 311 pupils.

The building is being "deep cleaned" in the hope the school can reopen on Monday.

It is unknown what type of vomiting bug the staff and pupils have. A Plymouth City Council spokeswoman said it was not aware of any other school closures linked to a vomiting bug.

At the city's Derriford Hospital, three wards have been closed to new admissions because of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus.

It is highly contagious and has symptoms which include vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.

Anyone who has experienced the symptoms is being asked to stay away from the hospital until they have recovered.

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