Stomach flu hits a local school, causing many to be absent - CBS46 News

Stomach flu hits a local school, causing many to be absent

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

About one quarter of students was ill at a local elementary school this week.

The stomach flu kept some students as well as staff members home, said Karen Stroud with Douglas County Schools. Students and staff at South Douglas Elementary are battling the illness, which symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea.

The school was closed Tuesday and it was used as a polling place for elections. On Wednesday, about 100 students were either out sick or went home sick, according to the school system. Twelve staff members were also sick. Thursday, 160 students were out sick while 10 staff members reported being ill.

The Cobb-Douglas Board of Health told the school that it takes two to three days for someone to recover from the flu. Health officials also advised that students wash their hands frequently, and that common surfaces are cleaned more often.

School officials told CBS Atlanta News that custodians were being extra diligent in cleaning the common surfaces in the school, staying after the children were dismissed on Thursday to go over surfaces. Teachers and staff were also paying special attention to making sure students sanitized their hands more often.

The school contacted parents through letters and phone calls to warn them about the flu.

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