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More Possible Norovirus Cases At Nevada Co Schools

A possible Norovirus outbreak at Nevada County schools is now being investigated by the County Health Department. The Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning in Grass Valley was closed Monday, with just over 30 students and staff reporting symptoms, according to the Department. And now the superintendent of the Nevada Joint Union High School District, Louise Johnson, says they’ve had a few scattered potential cases as well at Nevada Union and Bear River High Schools. County Health Officer, Doctor Ken Cutler, says there’s been no lab confirmation of what is considered the most common form of stomach flu, which is very contagious…

click to listen to Dr Cutler

Cutler says the exact source of the virus is difficult to pinpoint…

click to listen to Dr Cutler

Cutler says the department has been working closely with the Academy to make sure it’s thoroughly clean and classes are scheduled to resume tomorrow (Tues.). He says though people are most contagious when sick with vomiting and diarrhea, they may also infect others shortly before symptoms start and after they feel better. Last Thursday, three schools in Sacramento County were closed due to a norovirus outbreak. And last Friday a high number of students and staff at schools in Yolo County also got sick. Cutler says Norovirus is not uncommon, that as many as 20-million people a year can get it in the U.S.

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