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More than 200 Children Absent as Stomach Bug Hits Woodside School

PS12Jan. 14, 2016 Staff Report

More than 200 students at PS 12 in Woodside stayed home from school Thursday following the outbreak of a stomach virus, according to officials.

The stomach bug known as norovirus has sickened scores of children at the school.

The Department of Education said that 130 students were absent from the 42-00 72nd Street school on Wednesday and 210 Thursday. The school has about 1,275 students.

Department of Health officials were disinfecting the K-5 school Thursday and would be continuing to do so through the weekend.

Norovirus is the most common food borne disease in the U.S. and accounts for 19 million to 21 million cases a year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and stomach pain and are usually not fatal.

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I believe the kitchen was checked a long with staff , and it was not the kitchens fault. But if parents keeps sending there kids to school sick , off coarse its going to spread from kid to kid. . A little consideration for others is needed

Chef of the Future

Someone in the cafeteria kitchen probably forgot to wash their hands while preparing lunch.


agreed! back to the healthy fries and burgers with soda! nothing like a balanced diet of sugar and carbs. although they wont live past 30…oh well, thats what private schools are for…the worthy kids need to succeed!


“and are usually not fatal.” I’m hoping this is just a case of bad writing, and that this disease is a lot less fatal than this makes it sound.

Del Toro

This is terrible. Was it something in their food? 200 kids won’t all catch by coincidence or via air. I hope they investigate and find the cause, those poor kids, I feel really bad for them and for their parents. Wish them all the best and speedy recovery. I just hope to god non of those poor kids have any immune system issues or serious conditions that could be really bad for them to have norovirus.

Craic Dealer

Yes, its contracted when poopy is in food or water. They probably have to scrub the whole school.


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