A teacher at a Liverpool school was sent home after falling ill following a recent visit to Italy.

The teacher, who works at Calderstones School, was sent home from work after he developed flu-like symptoms shortly after returning from a holiday.

The teacher is understood to have visited the headteacher on Wednesday morning to explain that he had recently visited northern Italy and was experiencing flu-like symptoms. 

A teacher from Calderstones School is in quarantine after developing flu like symptoms after a half term trip to Italy

The member of staff was immediately sent home and told to self-isolate, in accordance with government advice.

Several towns in northern Italy have been quarantined by the Italian government in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.

The UK government has advised that anyone returning from the affected region of Italy with flu-like symptoms should self isolate.

On Wednesday evening, Calderstones School confirmed that a member of staff who recently returned to work from Italy is now at home in quarantine.

A spokesperson for the school said: "A member of staff recently returned from a half term holiday in Italy.

"As they are now feeling unwell, they have taken the precaution of following the latest Government guidance and self isolating for 14 days, so are not in school."

A teacher from Calderstones School is in quarantine after developing flu like symptoms after returning from Italy after half term

On Thursday morning, headteacher Lee Ratcliffe issued a letter aimed at reassuring parents and carers.

Mr Ratcliffe writes that he was previously reluctant "to stoke any sense of worry or panic".

The letter states: "On Tuesday morning, as many of you will know, the government advice was updated to include northern Italy of the areas of concern.

"At the beginning of the school that day, a member of staff came to see me to say that they had just returned from northern Italy and had mild cold like symptoms.

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"As such, following the updated advice on the government website, the member of staff was immediately sent home, told to self isolate and to contact the NHS for further guidance.

"To be clear, this member of staff has not been diagnosed with the virus and this step is precautionary on the back of the advice being provided."

More than 200 cases have been reported in Italy, most of which in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto.

The government updated its coronavirus guidance on Tuesday morning and advised that anyone who was travelled to the affected areas in northern Italy since 19 February should 'stay indoors and avoid contact with other people' even if you don't have symptoms.

One parent, who did not wish to be named, whose child attends the school, said that students had been informed about teacher going into self isolation on Wednesday.

He said: "My son goes to Calderstones and all the students were talking about it yesterday when they found out.

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"I'm a little scared after hearing about this but then again I think some of the hysteria is getting out of control.

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"The school has put some general guidance on its website about following Public Health England Advice but there is nothing about the case of this potentially infected teacher."

On Sunday, Public Health England confirmed that four patients who arrived at Arrowe Park Hospital from The Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for coronavirus .

One of the evacuees who tested positive for the virus was transferred to the specialist infectious disease unit at the Royal Liverpool Hospital , while the other three patients were taken to other designated specialist hospitals across England.