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Norovirus sickens over 100 at elementary school

May 14, 2009
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ARLINGTON, WA — Eagle Creek Elementary School will remain open although more than 100 of the 550 students have been sickened by norovirus, a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus whose eradication requires extensive cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, according to the Northwest Cable News.
At least seven staff members, including the school principal, have also fallen ill in the off-season norovirus outbreak, the story stated.
According to the story, the school is asking parents to keep children and their siblings at home for at least three days after the last symptoms have occurred.
Extra cleaning crews have been brought in to thoroughly clean the school and disinfect common high-touch areas in an effort to stop the virus from spreading, the story noted.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing your hands thoroughly for at least 15 to 20 seconds with soap before eating, preparing food, after using the restroom or whenever they are soiled, the story added.
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