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Two hundred students have missed school due to norovirus outbreak

February 10, 2011
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CINCINNATI — A terrible virus known to spread through cruise ships has struck a Cincinnati Public School (CPS), according to WCPO-TV.
The Cincinnati Health Department says Mt. Airy School has been hit with the highly contagious norovirus, the article noted.
The district says it''s following recommendations from the health department and have had cleaning crews inside the building to clean and disinfect all of the surfaces, the article stated.
According to the article, students are getting a lesson in good hygiene: They''re being told to wash their hands frequently as the school tries to rid surfaces of the norovirus.
The health department says 200 of the 600 students have missed school over the past several months with a peak in absences over the last two weeks, the article added.
"We have been working with the parents and really with the custodial staff there to disinfect and encourage parents if their kids are sick to keep them home until they''re recovered as not to spread the virus," said Janet Walsh, spokesperson for CPS.
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