PETALING JAYA: Sri Kuala Lumpur school has imposed a quarantine order on students and staff suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting after one of its teachers tested positive for the norovirus.
Those affected were told to remain at home for at least two days after symptoms ceased, not wanting to risk spreading the virus.
“To date, we have no further confirmation from other staff members and students on the specifics of their infections other than that it is viral in nature.
“As such, we are continuing to respond to this outbreak as a viral infection which is most likely a norovirus,” the board said.
The school has ruled out food poisoning, as students who did not consume canteen food also displayed similar symptoms.
Although it has also rescheduled the trial examination dates, students displaying the gastric flu symptoms will be barred from sitting for the trial.
Sri KL chief operating officer Haniff Othman Merican said the school was closed yesterday after the teacher was tested positive.
Haniff said the school would reopen on Monday, adding that they had notified the Education and Health ministries.
He believed more than 300 out of the 1,200 secondary school students were affected, but only about a third reported sick.
“Of the 1,150 primary school pupils, at least six had reported sick with similar symptoms,” he said, adding that at least four school staff members also reported suffering from similar symptoms.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan confirmed that the school notified the private education division of the large number of students down with similar symptoms.
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