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Major illness closes Albuquerque charter school

Created: 05/01/2014 5:24 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

What is normally a school full of 5th-8th graders is now empty thanks to what could be an illness that has wreaked havoc.

It hasn't been confirmed, but all signs point to the infamous Norovirus, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pains . It made many students at Dolores Gonzalez Elementary sick last month.

"It comes on quite suddenly. we did have some kids vomiting and they were sent home immediately," said 21st Century Public Academy principal Mary Tarango.

She knew something was wrong as early as Wednesday.

"We're not aware of an exact number, but we had over 100 absences which is a little more than a third of our student population," she said.

All that's left  now are staffers scrubbing down every imaginable surface with bleach and water, including tabletops, chairs, light switches, books, and markers.

"It's quite alarming for your child to be ill but we want to treat it as effectively as possible," Tarango said

They plan on re-opening the school this Monday.


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