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‘Stomach Bug’ Going Around Has Not Surpassed Norms, CCPS Health Supervisor Says

One parent has said that a rash of sick students could be cause for concern.

A county school heath official says a stomach illness that has caused a number of area students to take sick leave has not surpassed the thresholds of normalcy, according to state guidelines. 

An illness is not considered prevalent until a school experiences an absentee rate of more than 10 percent due to sickness, and that hasn’t happened – at least not yet, said Carroll County Public Schools Health Services Supervisor Marge Hoffmaster.

“There has been a stomach bug going around across the board (in Carroll County schools), but it’s nothing that has precipitated extensive illnesses and absenteeism,” she said.

Sykesville resident and parent Megan Heaps said she has heard reports that students at Carrolltown, Goddard and Freedom elementary schools have been experiencing vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea.

Heaps said one of her sons attended a baseball game with several area students in Sykesville on Saturday, where parents reported that children began vomiting.

Heaps said the symptoms are akin to the norovirus, a contagious virus borne from fecal contact that can easily spread through contaminated surfaces like door handles and exposure to feces or vomit.

Recently, ABC News reported that the norovirus was transmitted in a reusable grocery bag and caused several children and adults to be sick at a soccer tournament in Washington state.

But so far, no such illness has been reported to the CCPS Health Services department, Hoffmaster said.

“Certain illnesses are required to be reported to the state to identify a bacteria or something,” she said. “Then that's a whole different thing.”

Center For Disease Control officials suggest the following steps when trying to prevent contagious illnesses like the Norovirus:

  • Wash your hands carefully with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers, and always before eating, preparing, or handling food.
  • Carefully wash fruits and vegetables before preparing and eating them. Cook oysters and other shellfish thoroughly before eating.
  • Keep sick infants and children out of areas where food is being handled and prepared.
  • After throwing up or having diarrhea, immediately clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces. Use a chlorine bleach solution with a concentration of 1000–5000 ppm (5–25 tablespoons of household bleach [5.25%] per gallon of water) or other disinfectant registered as effective against norovirus by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Wash laundry thoroughly, immediately removing and washing clothes or linens that may be contaminated with vomit or stool (feces). Handle soiled items carefully without agitating them, and wear rubber or disposable gloves while handling soiled items. Wash your hands after, and wash the items with detergent at the maximum available cycle length then machine dry them.
Donna June 06, 2012 at 03:33 PM
My son who goes to Freedom Elem, suffered through this nasty bug just this past Saturday. Then my husband and I were hit on Sunday/Monday. It was horrible for all of us. I've been cleaning with diluted bleach ever since, everywhere. Anyway, I can't help but think those cute Play Day wrist bands are behind this outbreak. I can see kids wearing them to the bathroom, wiping, then spreading germs all over the class and lunch tables. Yuk.
Eleanor June 07, 2012 at 01:31 AM
You can't blame the wrist bands from three weeks ago. It just happens.
Mindilee Simons June 07, 2012 at 11:47 AM
It is the most horrible stomach virus EVER! both kids had it and then me vomiting every 10 minutes on the toilet with a bucket it was violent vomiting too. I don't think I have ever had a stomach bug that bad.
Sarah pedraza October 17, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I had the stomach bug it was Nasty it was hale!
Stephanie October 27, 2012 at 11:25 AM
My five year old son and I are currently going through this. All night last night I was getting up every hour to run to the toilet with diarrhea and a bucket to vomit in at the same time. My body is in so much pain from head to toe. My son was even vomiting in his sleep!
silvers November 17, 2012 at 03:36 PM
my 2n half year old son has it just being sick though is there anything that can be taken or just let it run the course?
Tisrza November 21, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Mine began instantly and violently. Causing headach from vomiting so much. Extremely dizzy. Seeing shapes in the light from vomiting so bad. I went to er after the first hr.thats how bad it was Treating with iv medication and anti nausea meds. Next day no vomiting severe nasea weak stomach cramping. Very sick 5 days later. A few bouts of diharrea. I felt like I was bloated and needed to run to the bathroom with severe runs but nothing. Felt like I needed to vomit but nothingGas acid reflux, nausia stomach cramps all in one. T this point I was planning on going to urgent care. Before going and waiting 6hrs. I thought I would go to trader joes, and pick up sum more super antioxidant yogi tea. And grade B organic maple syrup. That tea was the only tea that helped me get over a case of gastritis a while back. That they didnt know the cause of. And the maple syrup is a natrural antibiotic. While there I found a ginger tea organic with black pepprr and sum other ingrediants. So I grabed both. I stopef at burger king and grabed a cup of hot water. Within in an hour almost insantly! Felt 60% better. Ulternating both teas and I cant believe how powerful those teas are. It was the best pain meds ive ever taken. Yogi tea is sold almost anywhere. It also has to be grade B maple syrup to get the antibiotic properties. I hope this helps. It helped me.

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