Four Swansea children infected with Hepatitis A
by Helen Keates
FOUR cases of Hepatitis A have been confirmed in Swansea children — three of whom are from the same school.
Public Health Wales has been informed about the cases and investigations are under way into their source.
Parents from Cadle primary have been sent letters about the infection.
Dr Jörg Hoffmann, consultant in communicable disease control at Public Health Wales, said: "There is no evidence at present that the infection has been transmitted within the school or that there is any wider public risk to the community."We are working closely with Swansea Council Environmental Health Officers to investigate the cases and to offer advice to parents, school staff and pupils."
According to Public Health Wales, Hepatitis A is usually a short-term infection that has very unpleasant symptoms but is rarely serious. Symptoms include flu-like symptoms like tiredness, general aches and pains, headaches and fever, as well as loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pains, jaundice, very dark urine and itchy skin.
Dr Hoffman added: "People are advised to contact their own GP if they have any concerns about their health or their child's health."Parents are reminded that whenever anyone in the family is unwell with symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea, proper handwashing is extremely important to avoid spreading the infection to others. Hands should be thoroughly washed after using the toilet, before eating or preparing food and after cleaning."