Over a hundred pupils and staff at a Glasgow primary school have been sent home following an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.

Students at St Angela’s Primary School in Darnley first reported signs of the highly contagious Norovirus on Tuesday, but the school remained open.

However youngsters and staff members continued feeling the effects of the illness on Wednesday and the decision was taken to advise pupils to steer clear until the outbreak has passed.

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A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman confirmed the absences, adding a “deep clean” of the premises was underway.

Students reportedly told teachers they were experiencing nausea and dizziness earlier in the week.

More than 100 pupils are thought to have been sent home after exhibiting symptoms including vomiting and diarrhoea.

The highly infectious virus spreads easily from human contact and surfaces touched by those already affected.

Other symptoms include high body temperature or fever, headaches and sore or aching arms or legs.

An information leaflet has been distributed to parents with advice on how to treat youngsters impacted by the disease, including ensuring they are kept hydrated and improving personal hygiene.

A council spokeswoman said: “Over the last couple of days the school has been dealing with a high number of pupil absences due to a vomiting bug and school staff are liaising with the public health team from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

“Norovirus information has been sent home to all families and a deep clean of the school premises is being carried out. Norovirus, sometimes known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’, is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages."

She added: “Most people with norovirus will make a full recovery in 1-2 days. It is important to keep hydrated – especially children and the elderly. Good hand hygiene using soap and water is important to stop the spread of the virus."

"Anyone with norovirus should stay away from school or work until 48 hours after their symptoms have stopped.”

The disease usually passes within 48 hours, however one parent told the Daily Record she was furious action had not been taken when the first cases were reported on Tuesday.

The mum, whose eight-year-old daughter fell ill with the bug today, said: "We received an email yesterday telling us there had been reported cases of the Norovirus within the school. Now there are hundreds of kids and staff sick. It's awful.”

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"My daughter looks and feel dreadful. I'm taking her to the doctors this afternoon.

"The school needs to be closed completely before this spreads further.

"There are kids at the school with low immune systems who can't afford to be getting unwell.

"I don't understand why it is still open."