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Dozens of students at Thornhill school develop ‘norovirus-like illness’

news staff | posted Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016

Dozens of students at Thornhill Woods Public School have come down with an illness causing diarrhea and vomiting, but health officials are still trying to confirm what it is.

A teacher at the school said 192 children went home sick on Friday, and about a quarter of the students in her class were absent on Tuesday.

“What we are seeing at this school is a sudden onset of a short-duration illness composed of vomiting and diarrhea with quick recovery that is typical of a norovirus-like illness,” a York Region Public Health spokesperson told CityNews.

“We do not have lab confirmation of norovirus. We are waiting for lab confirmation at this time.”

The department is working to identify who has become ill and to collect stool samples for testing.

They have dispatched a team to help clean and disinfect the school and will sterilize it on an ongoing basis.

Officials are also reminding people to wash their hands and stay home for 48 hours even after they start to feel better.

Noroviruses cause gastroenteritis, an illness that usually includes diarrhea and/or vomiting. It is very contagious, and people exposed to the virus usually develop symptoms within 24 to 48 hours.


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