Norovirus believed to be reason for 48 Hampshire children falling ill on US trip

An outbreak of norovirus is thought to have been the reason behind more than 50 teachers and students from Hampshire falling ill during a trip to the United States.

Thursday, 5th April 2018, 12:04 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th April 2018, 12:06 pm
Crookhorn College. Picture: Malcolm Wells

Pupils and staff from Crookhorn College in Waterlooville arrived back at home yesterday after being struck by a virus overseas.

According to the BBC, the Department for Health in Washington DC believe the outbreak was caused by norovirus.

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Crookhorn College. Picture: Malcolm Wells

The group returned to the school on a coach just after 9.15am yesterday, where pupils were eagerly greeted by loved ones and taken home.

What is norovirus?

Norovirus, which can cause diarrhoea and vomiting, is one of the most common stomach bugs.

Pupils arriving back to Crookhorn College in Stakes Hill Road, after their trip to the USA Picture: Malcolm Wells

It is called the winter vomiting bug because it is most prevalent in winter, but can be caught any time of year.

It usually clears up after a few days and you can normally recover by resting at home.

For more information on norovirus go to the NHS website.

Crookhorn College. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Pupils arriving back to Crookhorn College in Stakes Hill Road, after their trip to the USA Picture: Malcolm Wells