This week, Porters Point School has had a number of students experiencing symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and stomach aches/cramping at school. The illness appears to be lasting about 24 to 48 hours, although when just having cramping it can last longer. The cramping seems to last because the children continue to eat their normal diet and the cramping occurs after eating. If you change the child’s diet to bland, with lots of clear liquids, the cramping resolves more quickly
While there is not lab confirmation at this time, these symptoms are typical of a gastrointestinal virus, such as norovirus. The illness is most commonly spread by having direct contact with a person who is infected and showing symptoms, touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then placing hands in mouth, or eating contaminated foods or liquids. In order to prevent the spread of this virus in your home and at school, please follow these basic prevention strategies:
Wash hands after using the toilet.
Wash hands before handling food or ice.
Wash hands before eating.
Refrain from food handling duties if currently ill and for 3 days after diarrhea and vomiting have stopped.
Discard foods that have been handled or prepared by someone who is or has recently had vomiting or diarrhea.
Promptly clean and disinfect any surfaces that become soiled with vomit or diarrhea.
Ill staff and children should remain at home until 24 hours after diarrhea and/or vomiting cease, or until stools are formed.