Extra cleaning at school after pupil infection diagnosis

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A primary school has undergone ‘extra cleaning’ after a pupil was diagnosed with the bacterial infection clostridium difficile.

Gorseybrigg Primary School in Dronfield confirmed the pupil had been diagnosed with the condition - which affects the digestive system and spreads easily.

Symptoms include a fever, painful cramps, loss of appetite, nausea and diarrhoea.

The school has not closed.

Headteacher Nancy White said: “A parent notified us on Tuesday that their child had been diagnosed with clostridium difficile infection.

“We contacted Public Health England for advice on what action we should take and took all the appropriate steps which included extra cleaning in areas of the school.

“Having put these measures in place, public health experts did not consider it necessary to close the school.”

C.Diff is often seen in people who have taken anti-biotics, as they disturb the digestive tract, or who are in hospital.

It is not known how the child became infected.

A spokesman for Public Health East Midlands said: “We advised the school of appropriate infection control measures and to ensure all staff and children follow hand hygiene procedures and wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.

“Sanitiser gel alone will not kill the spores but can be used after washing hands.

“Hard surfaces including toilets, floors and desks should be cleaned with a bleach based solution and allowed to dry properly before using.”