Soap and water the best way to stop the virus spreading
The latest hepatitis A outbreak at a school in North Wales has again resulted in repeated calls for effective hand washing techniques to be taught to children – and for parents and carers to encourage them, according to a recent report on the Daily Post website.
Ysgol Caer Drewyn in Corwen is the scene of the latest outbreak according to the article by Kelly Williams, where approximately 170 people from the school community are due to be vaccinated.
There appears to be no link between this and other recent occurrences of hepatitis A in the Rhyl area at Ysgol Emmanuel and Fun Days Nursery and an older one at Ysgol Dewi Sant.
Teaching children to wash hands frequently
The article quotes Dr Christopher Johnson, a Public Health Wales consultant in health protection, who warned that some children can have the illness but display few, or even no symptoms.
He is quoted as saying “Good handwashing after using the toilet and before preparing or eating food is the best way to prevent the virus spreading.
“Children may pass the virus onto others without having symptoms so we are reminding parents to encourage good hand washing at all times.”
Public Heath Wales advises “Infection with hepatitis A virus can be prevented by attention to personal hygiene, especially hand washing, and consuming safe drinking water and food.”
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