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Hundreds fall ill

March 12, 2012
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ALGONQUIN, IL — Norovirus is suspected as the reason hundreds fell ill at Westfield Community School, according to the Daily Herald.

On Friday, more than half of the elementary students and one-fifth of middle school students were absent, the article stated.

According to the article, absentee numbers for elementary students jumped from 17 on Wednesday to 109 Thursday morning, jumping again to 262 absentees on Friday morning.

The school underwent a deep cleaning on Thursday night, which consisted of sanitizing desks, chairs, door handles, bathrooms, water fountains and other "high-touch areas," the article noted.

"We have communicated with constituents and families and we''ve done a deep cleaning," said Westfield Principal Bill Doran.

"We took proactive measures and continue to monitor the situation. I am very proud of the staff and the work they have done," Doran added.

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