BRUNSWICK, Ohio –A contagious virus has shut down the Brunswick School District until Tuesday, May 28.
District officials decided Tuesday to close Brunswick High School after new cases of Norovirus were reported.
“Some kids are looking at it as a free pass from school, but some people are taking it seriously,” said Senior Allison Thomas.
The outbreak of the virus, which causes vomiting, diarrhea and flu-like symptoms, had prompted the district to close Brunswick elementary and middle schools on Monday.
School officials believe the virus may have been caused by food that was served on Teacher Appreciation Day. Nearly 20 teachers later became violently ill, after which the virus began to spread.
The district will spend the next week disinfecting the various buildings and students are being urged to take precautions.
Senior Justin Senyitko said, “wash your hands, and make sure if someone does cough, tell them to wash their hands, you know I don’t want to get that.”
A doctor at the Cleveland Clinic’s Brunswick Family Health Center said shutting down the schools was a wise decision to stop the spread of the virus.
“It’s actually a fecal-oral transmission, and because it is so highly contagious, people can pick it up off the surfaces of their computers, desktops, food, so if you think food is contaminated, you should either throw it away or wash it very carefully. Hands should also be cleaned very carefully, ” said Dr. Elizabeth Salay.
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