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More than 200 fall ill at high school

November 16, 2012

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI — More than 150 students and nearly 20 teachers went home sick Wednesday from Annapolis High School after becoming violently ill, according to WJBK-TV.

norovirusDue to the speed at which the illnesses came on and its severity, health officials are suspecting the cause to be norovirus, the article stated.

Prevent norovirus before it hits

According to the article, Superintendent Jeff Bartold didn’t know how severe the problem was until absences were tallied at the end of the day.

"I've talked to the foodservice director of the company that handles our foodservice for us to make sure they do extra cleaning," said Bartold.

In order to determine if the cause is norovirus, disease control is collecting samples from students to be sent to to the Michigan Department of Community Health for testing; results should be back by next week, the article noted.

The school is closed today in order to be professionally cleaned, with classes set to resume on Monday, the article noted.

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