GERMANTOWN, Ohio (WDTN) –The Ohio Department of Health suspects Norovirus as the cause for a local school district cancelling classes this week.
Valley View schools are closed for two days after illness kept several children home Friday.
Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County said Monday it is in contact with Valley View Elementary on Friday after a “large number of student illnesses being reported.” Valley View Local Schools wrote on the district website that an investigation is underway.
The Health Department said many students reported symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. Since Friday, Public Health has been contacting parents of students to begin an investigation into the cause of the illness. The investigation includes interviewing the students to gather background information to help determine the source of their sickness.
In addition, Public Health is requesting stool samples from the students. The samples will be sent to the Ohio Department of Health for analysis. Test results are expected early next week.
Public Health has also been in contact with school officials to provide guidance on proper sanitation procedures.
To help break the chain of infection, Valley View Elementary will be closed Monday and Tuesday, according to Public Health and the school district.
Anyone who is sick is asked to stay home until they feel better. Public Health says parents with sick children should sanitize their homes using a mixture of bleach and water.
To help fight dehydration those affected should drink plenty of liquids. Parents should contact their healthcare provider if they have any concerns.
Public Health provided some guidelines to help families deal with this situation.
How to Prevent Getting Sick
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water especially when eating, drinking and preparing or handling food.
- Wash your hands carefully and frequently and using the toilet.
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes or face.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used in addition to hand washing. But they should not be used as a substitute for washing with soap and water.
- Chlorine bleach: 1/3 cup bleach in 1 gallon of water
- Mix bleach with warm water and apply to surfaces and allow to air dry. Do not use hot water as it will dissipate the chlorine. Individuals should use appropriate personal protective equipment when working with bleach, ie: goggles and gloves.
- Examples of surfaces to disinfect include; Doorknobs, faucets, sinks, toilets, bath rails, phones, counters, chairs, tables, hand rails, light switches and floors.
If Your Child or Another Family Member is Sick
- Consider seeking medical attention.
- Drink plenty of liquids to replace fluid loss from throwing up and diarrhea. This will help prevent dehydration. Sports drinks and other drinks without caffeine or alcohol can help with mild dehydration. But these drinks may not replace important nutrients and minerals. Oral rehydration fluids that you can get over the counter are most helpful for mild dehydration.
- Severe dehydration may require hospitalization. If you think you or someone you are caring for is severely dehydrated, call your doctor.
Symptoms of Dehydration
- Decrease in urination
- Dry mouth and throat
- Feeling dizzy when standing up
- Children who are dehydrated may cry with few or no tears and be unusually sleepy or fussy.
For more information visit the Public Health website.