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Norovirus bug attracts news crews, prompts antiseptic use


December 18, 2019

CLEANING SUPPLIES, on the dock at the school district maintenance shop, await transportation to schools.

Two confirmed cases of norovirus infections in Sweet Home schools prompted television news reporters to visit the community last week, a small number of parents to keep their children home from school to avoid infection, and the Sweet Home School District to thoroughly clean its schools.

Really, though, it's what many people think of as basic stomach flu, according to health experts.

"It's the most common stomach bug in schools and daycare centers in the United States," said District Nurse Patty O'Day. "There's many stomach bugs. That's just one of many, (but) 50 percent of cases are norov...

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