Pupils, their families and staff from a Lincoln preschool have been given hepatitis A vaccinations after a child from the centre was diagnosed with the virus.
Sixty eight adults and 58 children associated with the Lincoln University Early Childhood Centre were provided with a hepatitis A vaccine yesterday to reduce the potential for the virus to spread.
Dr Ramon Pink, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, said both of the child's parents were also diagnosed with hepatitis A.
There was no known connection between these three cases and the current outbreak of Hepatitis A in Ashburton. In Ashburton there have been 22 confirmed cases over the past three months.
"Hepatitis A is transmitted when people don't wash their hands properly after going to the toilet, and good hand hygiene, particularly thorough hand washing, is key in preventing its spread," Pink said.
"Preschools can be a high risk environment for the spread of hepatitis A, particularly where there is nappy changing."
In May this year, more than 150 people associated with the Linwood Kindercare preschool in Christchurch, were also vaccinated against the disease in May, after 12 cases were identified in an extended family living in crowded conditions.
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