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Washoe School District Warns Parents of Stomach Bug

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The Washoe County School District is warning parents about a stomach bug that has affected four area schools.

Dr. Randall Todd with the Washoe County Health District said the virus is highly contagious and could keep a child out of school for more than a week.

"This is actually a gastrointestinal illness. It's behaving like a virus type of illness, but we are not totally sure what virus it is. We have gotten some lab work back that suggests maybe Norovirus, which is very common. However, we have actually gotten a lot of negative labs back,"

Todd said because of the uncertainty, they have asked the Center for Disease Control to step in and help identify what it is.

He said symptoms include, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.

A spokeswoman with the District's Student Health Services said the Washoe County Health District asked them to call parents district wide about the illness.  

WCSD says the four unidentified elementary schools have seen a high number of children and staff with the stomach bug and that extra precautions have been taken to help stop the spread of the illness.

Parents at the schools affected have already received Connect Ed calls, telling them to keep sick kids home for 72 hours. All other parents at all other schools should observe the usual 24-hour stay-at-home rules.

"We just want to heighten awareness on the part of all parents to keep their sick child home, especially for stomach symptoms," said Dana Balchunas, the director of student health services for the Washoe County School District. "We encourage hand washing and help us keeps kids healthy and attending school."

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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