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    Gastrointestinal Illness - Don't Share It
    Posted on 01/25/2018
    Dirty Hand

    Multiple Orca students have reported gastrointestinal illness. Public Health – Seattle & King County has been in contact with the Orca K-8 school and has begun a collaborative investigation & response plan.

    Principal Tonie has requested that the district send extra custodial staff to work on disinfecting.

    The symptoms have been similar to those of norovirus, a common cause of viral gastroenteritis outbreaks. People who have norovirus infection are typically sick for 1-2 days (though some may not totally recover for several days). Because norovirus infection is easily transmitted from person to person, we recommend you follow these guidelines to prevent spread:

    • Frequently wash your hands, especially after toileting and before eating or preparing food. Hands should be washed with warm water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds. 
    • Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may be contaminated with feces or vomitus (use hot water and soap).
    • Persons who are experiencing symptoms of gastrointestinal illness can be contagious for a few days after they are feeling better. Therefore, students should not attend class and staff should not work until 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.

    If you have symptoms of a more serious illness, please contact your health care provider. For more information about norovirus, including the fact sheet in different languages, go to our website at https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/norovirus.aspx.

    If you wish to keep your child home as a precautionary measure, please call the school at 206-252-6900 to get an excused absence.