County: Possible Norovirus Outbreak in Lafayette Schools

Officials are investigating an unusually high number of absences at Burton Valley Elementary and Stanley Middle School.

County health officials are monitoring a suspected norovirus outbreak in Lafayette schools, which has resulted in a large number of absences from Burton Valley Elementary School.

Custodians spent the weekend intensively cleaning classrooms, the Contra Costa Times reported. There have also been a high number of absences at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette.

Norovirus is a highly contagious cause of gastrointestinal illness, according to Contra Costa Health Services. It most often circulates in the winter. Sometimes called the "stomach flu," it is not related to influenza. Frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of norovirus.

Lissa Sorensen January 17, 2013 at 05:58 PM
http://www.news24-680.com/lamorinda-news/schools/burton-valley-gets-a-scrub-down-possible-norovirus Old news!!!
Born and Raised January 17, 2013 at 06:59 PM
I rely on JD's new "24/680" site myself a lot more than here but now all the chronic comment psycho's from here will be joining to get in their daily dose of oneupmanship. Oh well. And yes, over 100 kids sick is alarming considering how contagious norovirus is.
cassidy January 18, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Hoping that handwashing before snack and lunch is not longer "optional" and up to the children at BVE
Gr8Wahl January 18, 2013 at 09:24 PM
I miss JD! That said all 7 of us got it...one at a time!
lovelafayette January 26, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Thanks Born for the tip. http://www.news24-680.com/lamorinda No need to miss JD anymore. He and some chums have a really slick site for us to play on!


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