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Illnesses at Portland school may be norovirus

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 26, 2014 at 1:16 am •  Published: April 26, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Public Schools says parents at a southwest Portland elementary school have been notified by letter that some students may have fallen ill from norovirus.

While district spokesman Larry Bingham says there have been no confirmed cases of the virus at Rieke Elementary School, 40 children called in sick Thursday and another 20 kids called in sick Friday. The school also sent 10 children home.

On a normal day, the school has about eight to 10 children out sick.

Bingham says the school has notified the Multnomah County Health Department as well and custodians are cleaning and disinfecting the school.

Norovirus causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Some people come down with a fever, experience chills, headache, muscle ache and general tiredness. Most people get better in one to two days.