Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 July 2019

Gastroenteritis to blame for Dubai primary school illness

The Kindergarten Starters was shut on Wednesday following virus outbreak

The Kindergarten Starters, an Indian curriculum school owned by Gems Education, is expected to reopen on Sunday following the outbreak of gastroenteritis. Chris Whiteoak / The National
The Kindergarten Starters, an Indian curriculum school owned by Gems Education, is expected to reopen on Sunday following the outbreak of gastroenteritis. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Health officials have confirmed gastroenteritis as the cause of a nausea and vomiting virus which forced the closure of a Dubai primary school this week.

The Kindergarten Starters, an Indian curriculum school owned by Gems Education, was shut for two days on Wednesday after around two dozen pupils fell ill.

According to reports, the first case occurred on April 8 shortly after a pupil returned from holiday. By that evening, numerous children complained of feeling sick.

The DHA would like to assure the public that all the students are now in good health

Dubai Health Authority

On Thursday, Dubai Health Authority said it had completed its investigation and found the cause to be gastroenteritis.

“The DHA would like to assure the public that all the students are now in good health,” it said in a statement.

“They have been discharged from the hospital and no new cases have been reported."

An external company is currently carrying out a deep clean of the building and all school buses. The school will reopen on Sunday.

Updated: April 11, 2019 10:47 AM

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