Cuyahoga County health officials determine what made Olmsted Falls students sick

Cuyahoga County health officials determine what made Olmsted Falls students sick
(Source: FR170079 AP)

OLMSTED FALLS, OH (WOIO) - Cuyahoga County Health officials said the Olmsted Falls Middle School students who became sick during the class trip to Washington D.C. had the norovirus.

Cuyahoga County Health officials said norovirus causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.

It is very contagious and can easily be spread from person to person through stool and/or vomit of infected persons, according to health officials.

A total of 264 Olmsted Falls Middle School students, 20 staff members and 22 parent/guardian chaperones went on the annual 8th grade trip from April 3 to April 5.

They returned home about one hour and 40 minutes earlier than scheduled due to members of the group being sick.

On April 9, Cuyahoga County Health officials went to the middle school to do interviews and collect evidence.

On Friday, health officials received notification from the Ohio Department of Health the stool samples submitted tested positive for norovirus.

Health officials said the investigation is still ongoing to determine the source of exposure.

“We would like to thank the school officials, students, and their parents for promptly providing information earlier in the week to allow for the identification of the cause of the illness,” said Chris Kippes, Director of Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Informatics.

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