Lincoln County Health Department recently confirmed two cases of Norovirus at Yaquina View Elementary School. District staff noticed a pattern of students with Norovirus-like symptoms in mid-May and began the usual protocol of increased cleaning and awareness. Taking these actions likely contributed to a lower number of sick children.
The number of students affected at that time was low, but additional cleaning and observation of students continued. Late on Tuesday, May 31st, the District was informed by the health department that the illness was confirmed as Norovirus. A notice was sent home the following day with all students at the school.
The district is continuing to monitor the situation district wide and will notify families if there are additional cases of Norovirus identified in the district.
Symptoms of Norvirus include:
* Abdominal pain or cramps.
* Watery or loose diarrhea.
* Malaise (fatigue)
* Low-grade fever.
* Muscle pain.
Norovirus usually erupts and sickens a child for about two days, then tapers off. And of course, depending on the child the length of the illness can vary a bit.
Norovirus cannot be treated with antibiotics because it is a viral (not a bacterial) infection. If you have norovirus illness, you should drink plenty of liquids to replace fluid lost from throwing up and diarrhea. This will help prevent dehydration