It’s an early but unwelcome Thanksgiving break for students in western Colorado.
According to the Daily Sentinel, a highly contagious norovirus outbreak has hit several schools and numerous students and staff.
To combat the spread of the illness, the Mesa County School District 51 superintendent decided to close the schools through the Thanksgiving break for disinfection.
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Nursing coordinator Tanya Marvin told the newspaper the illness “was spreading extremely quickly across the schools.”
“It appears that there is now a second, related virus that is affecting students,” she said, “some of whom have already been ill in recent weeks.”
According to the Center for Disease Control, norovirus “is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea” that spreads very easily through direct contact with an infected person, contaminated food and water, and by touching contaminated surfaces and then putting unwashed hands on food or in the mouth.