Giardiasis: The infection outbreak found at Millstead Primary School explained


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Two kids at a school where some students got sick have passed away, health officials announced today.

Both kids attended Millstead Primary School in Everton, Liverpool. The school caters to students between the ages of two to 11 who require special educational support.

The organization has not verified the gender or ages of the kids who passed away. It is said that they were five and six years old.

However, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) stated that there is no known connection between their deaths. However, both cases are believed to be unlikely related to a few instances of an infection known as Giardiasis.

Giardiasis is a sickness that affects the stomach and intestines, caused by small harmful organisms called Giardia lamblia, as reported by the UKHSA.

The bacteria can lead to symptoms like loose stools, abdominal pain, gas, and feeling swollen, but it's usually not a big danger to health and can be easily treated with antibiotics, they added.

Emma Savage, an expert in health protection from the Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection Team, stated: "The UK Health Security Agency has been informed about the unfortunate passing of two children who were students at Millstead Primary School. Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and school community during this difficult time."

It is not probable that the deaths were caused by Giardia. This parasite typically results in a gastrointestinal illness that usually goes away on its own and can easily spread among households and schools.

"We are still conducting investigations and have shared details and guidance with the school and parents. Public health precautions have been implemented to stop any more cases from occurring."

Key Symptoms Of Giardiasis:

, we should aim to eat at least five portions of fruits and vegetables each day to maintain a healthy diet. This can help reduce the risk of major health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer. It's important to vary the types of fruits and vegetables we eat in order to get a wide range of nutrients. Adding fruits and vegetables to our meals can also help us feel fuller for longer and can be a tasty and colorful addition to our plates. So, remember to fill up on your five-a-day for a healthier you!

You may have giardiasis and pass it on to others even if you don't show any signs.

It is not known when the children passed away, but a letter from the school principal was sent on May 21st informing parents of two confirmed cases of Giardiasis at the school.

Michelle Beard, the principal of Millstead School, expressed deep sorrow over the loss of two young students in the school community.

We have expressed our deepest sympathies to the families of both individuals.

The kids brought so much happiness to their classes while they were here, and we will always remember them fondly.

We are working closely with our families, staff, and students to help them during this very sad time.

The UKHSA recommends that after taking antibiotics, symptoms should improve within a week, but may persist for a longer period in some cases.

Giardiasis can be transmitted through close contact with individuals or animals who are infected, or by ingesting water, food, or beverages that have been contaminated.

The Spread Of Giardiasis

How Giardiasis Spreads: Person To Person Or In Water

The NHS explains that there are numerous methods through which it can be transmitted, such as:

Many research studies indicate that Giardiasis is linked to traveling and is more common in less developed countries, but it can also be contracted locally.

A study from 2018 that was published by Cambridge University Press found that giardiasis is more common in areas with limited resources and poor living conditions. These conditions include lack of proper nutrition, overcrowded and dirty living environments, and inadequate sanitation, all of which contribute to the spread of the disease.

You can avoid getting giardiasis by washing your hands with soap and water after using the bathroom or changing diapers, and before touching or eating food.

If parents are worried that they or their child may have symptoms of Giardia, they should get in touch with their GP or call NHS 111.

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