LINCOLN, Neb. – The eventual appearance of a norovirus in a primary school in Lincoln forced a "considerable amount" of students to miss the class on Friday.
At least 141 pupils were absent from school until the end of the day. It is 27 per cent of the number of students enrolled in school in 520 children. It is important to note that the number of absent, and not the total number of sick children.
Tim Timmons, coordinator of the Program for Infectious Diseases at the District Health Department in Lincoln Lancaster County, has said that until the test returns, it is not exactly accurate what the disease is. However, Timmons said that symptoms closely imitate the novovirus.
Norovirus is an acute viral intestinal disease that usually lasts 24-48 hours, Timmons said.
The virus is highly infectious.
Here is a copy of the letter sent to the families of the West Lincoln:
Distinguished West Lincoln families and employees:
I want to advise you about something happening in West Elementary Elementary this week, and offer some useful information.
Currently, Western Lincoln has a large number of students and employees who are out of the school with symptoms that are consistent with norovirus, a very contagious disease.
Anyone can get sick with a newrovirus of:
· Have direct contact with an infected person.
· Consumption of contaminated food or water.
· Touching contaminated surfaces and putting your hands in your mouth.
Novrovirus causes the following symptoms:
· Pain in my stomach
If your child develops or is currently having norovirus symptoms, please keep them at home from school 24 hours after the end of vomiting or diarrhea. If any of these symptoms become serious, contact your healthcare provider, leaving your provider to know about possible exposure to norovirus.
In West Lincoln, we are doing everything possible to protect our children and keep our spaces clean. Additional guardians will be at West Lincoln over the weekend.
We also cooperate with the district health department in Lincoln Lancaster County. We have submitted a Notary Information Sheet. You should have any questions about this disease, please call the county health office of Lincoln Lancaster County at 402-441-8053.