Two Nursery Schools staff and children have been offered a hepatitis A vaccination following two reported cases of the infection.
There have been two confirmed cases which are being investigated by Public Health Wales and the environmental health department of Neath Port Talbot county council. As a result of this around 110 people were offered vaccination this week, as a precaution as Hepatitis A can spread easily between young children, who often don’t display any symptoms yet still can transmit the infection onto others.
Public Heath Wales confirmed the affected nursery classes were at Brynhyfryd Flying Start and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Castell Nedd.
What is Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a virus spread in the faeces of an infected person. Most people who get Hepatitis A usually make full recovery within a couple of months.
Siôn Lingard, a consultant in health protection for Public Health Wales, said: “Hepatitis A is a viral infection, usually short-lived, that has unpleasant symptoms but can be serious on rare occasions. Children often only have a very mild illness or do not have symptoms at all."
“Symptoms can include flu-like illness such as tiredness, general aches and pains, headaches and fever, as well as loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pains, jaundice, very dark urine and itchy skin. Good hand-washing 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.”
What to do if your concerned
Hepatitis A infection is rare in the UK, which is why vaccinations are not routinely offered on the NHS. Public Wales has loads more information about Hepatitis A on their website Click here to view it.
If you are worried about your child’s health or another member of your family, get in touch with your own GP or you can contact NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47