Brunswick school closed due to illness

BRUNSWICK, OH (WOIO) - School Officials closed Towslee Elementary School in the Brunswick City School District Friday due to spreading Noroviruses.

This virus is highly contagious and can spread rapidly throughout schools, day-care centers and similar environments.

School administrators urge parents to keep ill children home until they have fully recovered to help prevent infecting other students.

Although noroviruses are usually not serious and cause no long term health effects, illness often begins suddenly and the very contagious nature of the virus cause serious concerns for school officials.

The virus causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, stomach cramping and a fatigue.  Most people feel better within 1-2 days, however, some infected can become dehydrated and may need special medical attention.

People can become infected with noroviruses in many ways including, eating or drinking foods contaminated with norovirus, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then placing their hand in their mouth, and having direct contact with another person who is infected and showing symptoms

You can decrease your chance of infection by frequently washing your hands especially after toilet visits and diaper changes and before eating or preparing food, wash fruits and vegetables and steam oysters before eating them, thoroughly clean and disinfect surface with bleach-based household cleaner, flush or discard and vomit and stool in the toilet and keep surrounding area clean.

Infected persons should not prepare food while they have symptoms or for 3 days after recovering.

Towslee Elementary will be undergoing extensive disinfecting and classes are expected to resume normally Monday, May 20, 2013.

School officials are keeping a close eye on neighboring schools as students may have siblings in other buildings.

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