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Colorado school district closes more than 40 schools after an infectious virus outbreak



Mesa said County Valley School District 51 had to close all schools for the first time because of illness.

Ya We are doing this very unusual action, because this virus is very contagious and rapidly spreading in our school, Tan said Nursing Coordinator Tanya Marvin.

More than a dozen schools in the 14th largest district of the state reported that absenteeism increased "because of illness and several vomiting in the common areas of schools". Mesa County Public Health Department.
The region said that a second related virus has affected students in recent weeks. Imi The combination of the two has created an unprecedented spread of disease. ”

"The onset of symptoms for both types of viruses, including vomiting, is incredibly fast, the second version causes fever in some cases," according to the regional declaration. Said.

The health department says it is trying to diagnose the disease, which has "too much effect like norovirus" and lasts between 12-24 hours.

Norovirus, sometimes called the "stomach beetle", spreads easily by direct contact, consuming contaminated food or water, or touching contaminated surfaces, and then places your hands in your mouth according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Closing, said that includes all after-school activities, districts and schools will remain closed until the Thanksgiving holiday, he said.

Mesa County Valley School District 51 says the region's website is the largest school district between Salt Lake City, Utah, and Denver, Colorado. It serves more than 22,000 students in 46 schools and programs with almost 3,000 employees.


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