Norovirus spreads to Salt Lake County School District


SALT LAKE COUNTY (News4Utah)- Norovirus has reached two schools within Salt Lake County School District, officials said.

The highly contagious virus has spread across the Wasatch Front this month, hitting schools in Utah and Salt Lake County.

As of Monday, September 17, three cases were confirmed–two at Highland High School and one at the Salt Lake Center of Science Education.

School officials are urging parents to keep their kids home if they show any sign of infection. Norovirus is a viral infection that is a common cause of diarrhea and vomiting. Health officials say it is spread primarily by infected people or contaminated food and water.

Students should remain home from school for the following reasons: 

  • Any temperature greater than 100 degrees. Children should be fever-free, without fever-reducing medications, for 24 hours prior to returning to school. 
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea require that the student remain home until 48 hours after the symptoms have subsided without medication. 
  • If your child has a heavy, moist productive cough, chest congestion, or discolored nasal drainage. 
  • Any rash of unknown origin should be evaluated and cleared by a physician prior to the student returning. 
  • Strep infections require early treatment and students are encouraged to remain at home for the first 24 hours. In addition, students must be on antibiotics for at least 24 hours before returning to school and should be fever-free and feeling well before returning to school. 
  • If your child has pinkeye (conjunctivitis), he/she needs to have completed 24 hours of medication. 
  • If you would like to learn more about Norovirus and how to prevent its spread click here, or you can visit the Center for Disease Control website.

Nicholas Rupp from the Salt Lake County Health Department added, “Norovirus is a particularly contagious gastrointestinal illness, but it’s easily prevented through vigilant, thorough hand washing and staying home when you’re ill.” 

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