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NoroVirus Rips Through US Schools

Update Date: Feb 01, 2017 07:30 AM EST
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Eastern Howard School Corporation in Indiana, had to close Tuesday, January 24 as several students of the elementary school suffered from NoroVirus. Twenty-seven percent of the whole elementary population were immobilized by the virus, including one school nurse while the other one had a child who came down with the virus.

Several schools in the US had to close because of a contagious disease, Norovirus, as reported by Fox News. Immobilized families whose households had multiple incidences of the disease prompted schools to shut down due to several student absences.

St. Charles East High School located near Chicago also closed for two days early January after 800 of their 2,500 students caught the disease. The country health department that Norovirus was indeed the reason behind the absences.

Norovirus is not only affecting children but as well as adults. Eastern Howard School Corporation's nurse had to take a leave of absence because of the sickness. Several parents of inflicted students experience nausea and vomiting after being exposed to their sick child. In Globe Park Elementary School in Woonsocket, R.I, the school also had to close for two days due to the outbreak of the Norovirus. More than 100 of its 513 students were infected by the disease.

Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that England also suffered the most number of Norovirus cases December last year, the highest recorded incidences in the past five years. A total of 163 hospital outbreaks were reported during that months and resulted in more bed closures than it did in 2015.

The vomiting bug reached 2,435 incidences during that month and was 12 percent more than the average number of incidences compared to recorded data for the past 5 years. December 2016's Norovirus incidences in England was also 71 percent higher compared to December 2015.

With the winter season, still, at bay, the number of Norovirus incidences are expected to rise in the coming weeks.

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