Stomach bug forces closure of school for cleaning

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A likely outbreak of norovirus is forcing a northern Virginia elementary school to shut down for a good scrubbing.

School officials in Alexandria say that 200 students and 30 staff members at John Adams Elementary School have developed a stomach illness in the last two days resulting in vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.

The building will be closed Friday for cleaning and disinfecting, as well as to keep infected individuals from spreading the illness to the healthy.

The city health department suspects that the illness is the result of norovirus, the same germ notorious for causing rapid, hard-hitting outbreaks on cruise ships. Those who become sick typically get better in a day or two but suffer severe symptoms before recovering.

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