Norovirus Suspected After More Than 800 Illinois High School Students Stay Home Sick on Same Day
The following is an excerpt from GILLIAN MOHNEY | January 10, 2017 | abcnews.go.com |
After hundreds of students missed school on the same day at a St. Charles, Illinois, high school, the county health department is investigating whether the mass illness is due to norovirus.
At least 800 of the 2,500 students at St. Charles East High School were absent on Monday after students reported symptoms consistent with norovirus infection, St. Charles Community Unit School District spokesman Jim Blaney said at a press conference yesterday. Student athletes first reported symptoms over the weekend.
"It's pretty apparent that this is out of the ordinary," he said.
A special bleach-based solution that can kill norovirus is being used to clean the high school, which was closed on Tuesday, Blaney said.
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