Norovirus blamed for illness at Broward elementary


A mystery illness that sent students at a elementary school sick has been identified as the Norovirus, according to Broward County officials,.

The Florida Department of Health in Broward County identified the virus, which usually strikes cruise ships, as the reason more than 300 students and employees took ill at Manatee Bay Elementary on Friday.

“After a thorough investigation of testing of stool specimens, it has been determined that the agent causing the gastroenteritis is Norovirus. The precautionary measures including thorough and frequent hand washing and keeping ill children at home are effective and should continue,” the notice sent by the Department of Health reads.

According to the notice, the district is continuing to work with the Health Department to clean and sanitize all classrooms and common areas. Crews had worked over the weekend to thoroughly clean the school and students returned to class Monday.

Last Friday, the Broward School Board sent a letter to parents stating that Manatee Bay Elementary staff has received “numerous reports of students experiencing signs and symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.”

Those taken ill suffered with flu-like symptoms.

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