Second day more than 125 students sick at Indiana elementary school

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More than 125 children were sick from school again today after more than 130 children got sick in an outbreak of Norovirus at Peifer Elementary School in Schererville.

Over a quarter of the entire student body was out ill on Wednesday and then again today on Thursday.

Extra cleaning crews were brought in and worked into the night to disinfect the school. They used a with a mixture of water and bleach, which was recommended by the Lake County Health Department.

"We're really kind of scared, but we're going to go in and talk to the teacher," said the parent of a preschooler.

Norovirus is highly contagious. It causes stomach inflammation, vomiting and diarrhea in those who are infected.

Officials first thought something from the cafeteria made the kids sick, but records showed that many of them didn't eat at school the day before. The district still decided to throw out milk at its ten schools, as a precaution.

 

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4 comments

  • N. Loci

    They have the same symptoms as ebola. How do they know that it’s not that? Are they testing? I know that it’s far fetched but can be too careful.

  • C Marie

    First off, someone in Shererville would need to have the Ebola virus in order for that to even be remotely possible. Secondly, Ebola is not spread by air or water; so all 130 children would have had to swap spit, boogers, or blood of the like. Alot of viruses and the common cold share the same symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, etc. So, to first think of Ebola is very unrealistic. Norovirus is commonly known as the “stomach flu” and in the instance of an “outbreak” must be tested and reported. I’m sure that the Lake County Health Department has no concern of this being Ebola or a very different message would have been conveyed to the media. LOL

  • E. Samson

    Bleach needs wet contact time of 2 to 5 minutes to sanitize. This spray and wipe is not likely to be thorough enough. Also, notice the one worker wearing a mask not covering the nose.