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Officials Fear Spread After Norovirus Outbreak Confirmed In Asheville School

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City officials are worried the virus has spread to Asheville High School. Officials said more than 160 students were absent or left school early Tuesday. City officials are worried the virus has spread to Asheville High School. Officials said more than 160 students were absent or left school early Tuesday.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -

Tests have confirmed an outbreak of the norovirus at an Asheville elementary school.

The illness affected both students and staff at Isaac Dickson Elementary last Friday.

But now, officials are worried the virus has spread to Asheville High School.

According to Asheville City Schools spokesman Charlie Glazener, 164 students from Asheville High School were absent or left school early Tuesday.

Typically fewer than 100 students would be sick, Glazener said.

“It doesn’t matter who you are -- you can end up being a victim of it,” says Sue Ellen Morrison who oversees disease control at Buncombe County Health and Human Services.

Morrison says the norovirus can cause stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

“Some call it the ‘fast and furious’ illness,” says Morrison.

There is no vaccine to prevent infection and no drug to treat it.

The CDC recommends to prevent the spread of the norovirus:

    - Practice proper hand hygiene.

    - Wash fruits and vegetable before eating

    - Do not prepare food while infected

    - If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours.

    - Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces

    - Wash soiled laundry thoroughly.

If you don’t feel better after one to three days, Morrison says it’s time to go see a doctor.

Emily Pace
Emily is a general assignment reporter covering Buncombe, Polk, Rutherford and Henderson Counties.
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