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Outbreak Of Stomach Flu Hits WISD Last Week
by Kenda Nelson
Nov 23, 2012 | 1593 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSBORO — Woodsboro Independent School District may be eligible for a waiver on its absentee rate as a result of what appears to be an outbreak of gastrointestinal virus.

Last Friday, 80 children at Woodsboro Elementary and 85 at the high school were out sick ­— a total of 30 percent of the student body, according to Steven Self, WISD superintendent.

“If we have days that are above 10 percent of normal absenteeism, the state may grant a waiver for those days,” Self said. “Today (Monday) is a normal day and Thursday had been close to normal with some students leaving during the day.”

So far, the virus has not lead to an increase in absences in the Refugio Independent School District.

“We do not have a large number out,” said Jack Gaskins, RISD superintendent. “Our numbers are right where they usually are on absences.”

The virus is highly contagious. Symptoms appear about 24 to 48 hours after contracting the virus and can include vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches and a low-grade fever which usually last for 24 to 48 hours, according to the American Medical Association.

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