THREE West Fife primary schools had to be sprayed with disinfectant fog in efforts to fight winter bugs.

The fog, a fine disinfectant spray which is used as part of a deep cleaning process, is used if there are sickness and diarrhoea outbreaks in several classrooms.

Bellyeoman, St Leonards and Pitreavie primaries have all had to resort to the measure while a further two schools have had surfaces wiped down with disinfectant.

Parents at Bellyeoman Primary received emails advising of the procedure and reminding them about keeping children off for 48 hours after a bug and of the importance of handwashing.

Jeff Jacobs, service manager (janitorial and cleaning) said: "A weekend deep clean was recently carried out in some of the classrooms at Bellyeoman Primary School after a higher number of reports of sickness were made than we would usually expect for this time of year. 

"This is a fairly routine practice to help reduce the spread of infection."