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Sydney School Closed After Students Develop Skin Infection

A prestigious private school in Sydney’s east has been forced to close for two days after several students contracted a highly infectious skin condition.

Students at the Catholic school Kincoppal-Rose Bay were found to have developed impetigo, also known as “school sores”, just hours before partaking in the annual school swimming carnival.

The contagious skin condition is caused by common bacteria and is easily spread by skin-to-skin contact.

Natasha Mitchell, a spokeswoman for the school, has said that the school will close for a second day to help stop the spread of the infection.

“Given it’s infections we’ve had to take precautions,” she said.

“We’ve had to cancel it [the swimming carnival] because the school nurse noticed a few of the boarders had it…and if it gets into the water, it goes viral,” Ms Mitchell continued.

The school is now being thoroughly cleaned while it remains closed to both students and boarders.

Symptoms of impetigo includes contracting itchy sores on the face, arms or legs and when the sores are scratched they spread to other parts of the body.

Other schools in the Rose Bay and surrounding area are being warned to keep an eye out for the infection.

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