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Stomach Virus Causes Mass Absences At West Suburban School

November 8, 2019


. LIVE FROM CHICAGO, THIS IS CBS2 NEWS AT 10:00. WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH BREAKING NEWS. EVERY HANDLE, EVERY CLASSROOM, THE CAFETERIA MUST BE SCRUBBED. TONIGHT, A HIGH SCHOOL DISINFECTING FROM TOP TO BOTTOM AFTER HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS ABSENT AFTER A POSSIBLE STOMACH VIRUS. GOOD EVENING. ER ACHE IS OFF. CLASSES CANCELED FOR TOMORROW. DANA SPOKE TO THE STUDENTS TONIGHT. SHE’S LIVE OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL. DANA. Reporter: CLUES ABOUT THE SEVERITY OF THIS OUTBREAK CAME OVER THE WEEKEND WHEN 14 EMPRESSBERS OF THE — MEMBERS OF THE BASKETBALL TEAM CALLED IN SICK FROM A GAME. IT ESCALATED FROM THERE. THE IMPACT BECOMING ALL TOO CLEAR. THE HIGH SCHOOL TODAY — THIS ISN’T AN OATER END OF THE SCHOOL DAY — ORDINARY END OF THE SCHOOL DAY CLEANING. THEY ARE TRYING TO ERADICATE A VIRUS THAT KEPT ALMOST A THIRD OF THE STUDENTS HERE HOME SICK. HALLS WERE EMPTY. FIRST HOUR, THERE WERE USUALLY 27 KIDS IN OUR CLASS AND THERE WERE 8. SAME WITH ECONOMICS. Reporter: HE HEARD ABOUT THE OUTBREAK OVER THE WEEKEND BUT WAS SURPRISED WHEN 800 OUT OF THE 2500 STUDENTS CALLED IN SICK. DISTRICT SPOKESPERSON SAYS OFFICIALS BELIEVE IT’S A NOROVIRUS OUTBREAK. WE CANNOT SAY IT IS NOROVIRUS, BUT THE SYMPTOMS OF WHAT MANY OF THE STUDENTS ARE EXPERIENCING IS CONSISTENT WITH A STOMACH VIRUS. ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT GETTING SICK, TOO? MY SISTER WAS SICK ALL WEEKEND AND I WAS AROUND HER. I HAVEN’T CAUGHT ANYTHING YET. Reporter: THE PRINCIPAL SENT OUT A BLAST TODAY. THE RESPONSE LED TO THE CLASS CANCELLATION FOR TOMORROW AND STUDENTS AREN’T THE ONLY SICK ONES. 50 TEACHERS, MORE THAN 1/5 OF THE STAFF WERE STICK, TOO — SICK, TOO. IT’S APPARENT THIS IS OUT OF THE ORDINARY. Reporter: CLEANING CREWS USING A SOLUTION CONTAINING BLEACH THAT’S DIFFERENT FROM THE NORMAL SOLUTION AND THAT’S SUPPOSED TO ERADICATE IT AND TO BE CLEAR, CLASSES HERE AT ST. CHARLES EAST HIGH SCHOOL ARE CANCELED TOMORROW. BUT SCHOOLS IN THE REST OF THE DISTRICT WILL HAVE SCHOOL

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  • Reply Alondra Hernandez February 6, 2017 at 1:20 am

    I got the stomach flu yesterday I'm not going to school tommorow

  • Reply Nancy Owen-Channon January 28, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Aww bless I hope they all feel better ❤️❤️

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