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Norovirus extends students' spring break

April 02, 2010
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MT. PLEASANT, SC — Moultrie Middle School students had an extra day added to their spring break after the Charleston County School District decided to close the school after several staff members called in sick with norovirus-like symptoms, according to WCSC-TV.
Charleston County School District spokesman Elliot Smalley said at least a dozen faculty members have reported norovirus-like symptoms, but none of the cases have yet been confirmed, the story stated.
Because the school will be closed all of next week for spring break, custodians will perform a complete sanitization of all surfaces, as recommended by the South Carolina Department of Environmental Health and Control (DHEC), the story noted.
According to the story, students and faculty were notified of the decision before school was dismissed Wednesday and parents were contacted by the Charleston County School District''s automated telephone messaging system.
Norovirus is a highly contagious gastrointestinal disease and the decision to close Moultrie Middle School early was made in an attempt to halt the spread of the virus to students, the story added.
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