Schools in Utah, Salt Lake counties dealing with norovirus outbreak

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NORTHERN UTAH (News4Utah)-  At least 15 schools in Utah and Salt Lake County are dealing with a stomach bug outbreak.

According to the Utah County Health Department, students have been sent home from at least 13 schools: Eagle Valley, Blackridge, Vista Heights, Thunder Ridge, Sage Hills, Springside, Pony Express, Riverview, Brookhaven, Hidden Hollow, Saratoga Shores, Harvest Hills and Frontier Middle School. 

On Friday, officials with the Salt Lake County Health Department confirmed several cases at Mountain Shadows Elementary and Fox Hollow Elementary. Nearly 250 students called out sick Friday, approximately 13 percent of the student population. 

The problem serious enough to prompt the county health department to take action. A letter was sent to parents, faculty, and staff alerting them of the highly contagious virus is spreading in two cities in the Alpine School District and to be on the lookout for symptoms. 

Health officials say there is no specific treatment available. They recommend people drink plenty of clear fluids. 

“Persons with norovirus usually recover within 2 to 3 days without serious or long-term health effects. Even though the virus is easy to spread, serious illness rarely occurs,” the letter stated.

For more information on Norovirus click here.

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