TWO schools in the Vale has been shut after a cluster of cases of Hepatitis A were found, with one in Penarth.

Victoria Primary School, Penarth, and Barry's Palmerston Primary, have been shut and and pupils offered vaccinations, after five Hepatitis A cases were confirmed.

Victoria was already shut for a staff training day.

A Public Health Wales consultant has said that there is no sign the infection has been contracted on either school's premises and that both schools are co-operating with the investigation and cleanup.

The NHS website says Hepatitis A, while unpleasant, is usually not serious. Most people make a full recovery from the virus within months.

The virus is usually spread in the faeces of infected individuals. The best way to prevent infection is the regular washing of hands.

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.

Children often do not present symptoms, but can easily spread the virus amongst themselves.

If you have any concerns about your or your child's health, contact your GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47.