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100 students sick at Douglas County school for third straight day

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A spokeswoman for Douglas County schools said more than 100 students and several faculty called in sick for the third straight day.

South Douglas Elementary School was closed Tuesday for elections, and when it reopened Wednesday, roughly 100 students either called in sick or went home sick at some point in the day with the stomach flu, according to school district spokeswoman Karen Stroud.

Stroud said the flu caused children to vomit and have diarrhea. A total of 160 students were out Thursday, and still more than 100 students and three staff members called in sick Friday.

"It just caught us all by surprise," said Principal Casey Duffey.

"There was no commonality (between the cases). We had students that didn't eat in the cafeteria who were sick, we had siblings who didn't even go to this school who were sick."

The Douglas and Cobb County health department said this type of stomach virus usually lasts two to three days.

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