The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has confirmed that two children who attended Millstead Primary School in Everton, Liverpool have passed away. Whilst the school is dealing with a “number of cases” of the giardia infection, the UKHSA has stated that the deaths are unlikely to be caused by this disease. Millstead Primary School is a facility for children with special educational needs and disabilities, and the deaths have deeply affected the school community.

The headteacher of Millstead Primary School, Michelle Beard, expressed the community’s devastation upon learning of the passing of two of their younger children and extended sincere condolences to both families. She added that both children brought joy and happiness to their classes during their time at school, forever leaving an impression on the school community.

Emma Savage, consultant of the UKHSA’s Cheshire and Merseyside health protection team, mentioned that their thoughts are with the families, friends, and the school community. According to Savage, the UKHSA is working with Liverpool City Council and its partners after a number of giardia cases linked to Millstead Primary School. However, she stated, “Deaths are unlikely to be due to giardia”. Investigations into the cases at the school are ongoing, and public health measures are in place to help prevent further cases.

Giardiasis is a common gastric disease caused by giardia parasites. These parasites mimic human cell functions and break apart cells in the gut to feed inside, leading to symptoms such as severe diarrhoea, stomach pains, bloating, flatulence, and fatigue. The disease is usually picked up by drinking infected water or contaminated food, and can last weeks or months without treatment. However, those suffering from giardiasis can usually recover from the illness with or without antibiotics. Liverpool City Council has stated that there is “no wider risk to the general community

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