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May 8, 2014 8:29 PM by Cameron Songer - KPAX News

Norovirus hits Missoula schools

MISSOULA - Missoula County Public Schools is dealing with a few cases of norovirus in schools, although officials say it's not a huge outbreak.

They say it started with a few students at Lowell, Russell, Rattlesnake, Franklin, and Lewis and Clark elementary schools. But in the past week, there have also been students at Big Sky, Meadow Hill and Jefferson who have been reported sick.

The district is encouraging students and parents to wash their hands and stay home when sick.

“If kids are going home with vomiting and diarrhea, we encourage the parents to have them stay home for a couple days after they're no longer having symptoms,” said Linda Simon MCPS Health Services.

MCPS is also using extra strength bleach on common surfaces in the schools to reduce infections. They say that seems to be reducing the spread of the virus.

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