Norovirus Alert February 2017

Dear Parent Or Guardian,

Some of our Marcola Elementary School students may be absent or be sent home sick because of vomiting or diarrhea. School District Administration have contacted officials with Lane County Public Health and determined that these recent illnesses may be caused by Norovirus.

Out of an abundance of caution, we want to share the following information with you about Norovirus, and let you know that school staff are busily sanitizing surfaces in our classrooms and throughout the school.

What is Norovirus: Norovirus is a common but highly contagious virus that is usually spread through person-to-person contact but it can also be spread through contact with things that infected persons have touched. Infected persons are contagious while they have symptoms and usually for a couple of days after the symptoms have resolved.

Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping are the main symptoms of the Norovirus. Some people may have a low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness. The illness is usually brief, with symptoms lasting about 1 or 2 days.

Preventative Measures:

  • Stay at home to rest for at least 48 hours after the vomiting and diarrhea have stopped.
  • Sip liquids frequently to help prevent dehydration.
  • Call your health provider if symptoms last longer than three days; if the person has bloody diarrhea or a fever greater than 100.5 degrees; or if you think you are becoming dehydrated.

For further information about Norovirus you may call your physician or Lane County Public Health Services541-682-4041.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter!