Two children aged 5 and 6 from Millstead Primary die as school battles infection outbreak

TWO children aged 5 and 6 from the same primary school have died – as it battles an infection outbreak.

The two children were pupils at Millstead Primary School in Liverpool, which is currently dealing with cases of giardia.

Millstead Primary School in Liverpool

The outbreak is being managed by the UK Health Security Agency, which said the two deaths are not thought to be due to the infection.

A UKHSA spokesperson said: “We are aware of the sad deaths of two children who attend Millstead Primary School.

“Our thoughts are with the family, friends and school community.

“The deaths are unlikely to be due to giardia. Giardia usually causes a self-limiting gastrointestinal illness which can spread easily in households and school settings.”

Headteacher Michelle Beard said: “The entire Millstead School community is devastated to have learned of the sad recent passing of two of our younger children.”

She added: “We have sent our sincerest condolences to both of their families.

“Both children filled their classes with joy during their time with us, and they will forever be in our hearts.

“We are working closely with our families, staff and pupils to support them as we come to terms with this terribly sad news.”

Giardiasis is an infection of the digestive system caused by tiny parasites known as giardia lamblia.

The infection can cause symptoms such as diarrhoea, stomach cramps, flatulence and bloating.

But it is generally not a serious risk to health and can be treated easily with antibiotics.

NHS advice on giardiasis

GIARDIASIS is a tummy bug that causes symptoms like diarrhoea, farting and bloating.

It usually goes away in about a week if it’s treated, but it can sometimes last much longer.

You can get giardiasis through direct contact with infected people or animals, or from swallowing contaminated water, food or drinks.

The main symptoms of giardiasis are: smelly diarrhoea, tummy pain or cramps, flatulence, smelly burps, bloating and weight loss.

You can have giardiasis and spread it to others without having any symptoms.

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