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Apparent stomach bug closes school

April 17, 2009 3:08:48 PM PDT
An apparent stomach virus closed one school early in Chappaqua. A number of students at Horace Greeley High School were sick in school on Thursday, officials said. A large number were absent on Friday morning, and more people were getting sick as the day went on, so school officials decided to close early.

The symptoms of the illness appear as a type of stomach flu and can include nausea and vomiting.

The Department of Health was notified. The school took the precautions of closing and disinfecting water fountains that students may have used during the days. There is not a problem with the water, officials said. Because viruses are likely to be spread by objects students and staff have touched, the school gave the water fountains particular attention.

If you see symptoms in your children (or in other members of your family), we encourage you to see your family physician. We have also been told that hand-washing is one of the most important preventative measures.

School will be open as usual on Monday morning. The school plans to do additional cleaning and disinfecting over the weekend, but officials said there is nothing to indicate that the building or facilities are in any way the source of this illness.


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