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Virus Sickens Dozens Of Students At Ventura County Middle School

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 1:41pm

A virus has sickened at least dozens of students at a Ventura County middle school.

More than 80 students called in sick last Thursday, 150 on Friday, and 90 plus students today at Oak Park’s Medea Creek Middle School. Ventura County Public Health officials say it’s unclear how many of the students were actually sick, and how many may have been kept home by parents as news of the flu-like illness spread.

Over the weekend, health officials confirmed the illness was norovirus. It’s a highly contagious infection which can cause stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, fever, and body aches. It can be transmitted from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or through touching contaminated surfaces. People hit by the illness usually become better in one to three days. If you get sick, health officials say you should stay well hydrated, and stay home to avoid infecting others.

As a precaution, school officials cancelled a dance last Friday night. Norovirus can spread quickly in places like schools, cruise ships, and nursing homes, where large numbers of people are in closed quarters.

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