A possible norovirus outbreak at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary School was reported Thursday by the Palm Beach County Health Department.
The possible norovirus outbreak was reported after a male student became sick at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary School. The male student was sent to the hospital.
Other students reportedly went home after experiencing diarrhea, vomiting and gastrointestinal issues, said health department officials.
The school is located at 10060 Riverside Drive in Palm Beach Gardens.
Teachers said dozens of students have become sick in the last two days.
The Palm Beach County Health Department said 30 students went home sick Thursday. Officials also said 30 students went home sick Wednesday.
The state health department is investigating, officials said. An environmental team was sent to the school to sanitize it.
Parents are asked to keep their children at home.
Palm Beach Gardens Elementary School has canceled its annual talent show, officials said.
What is the norovirus?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the norovirus is very contagious.
Norovirus can be transmitted from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.
The virus causes inflammation in your stomach, intestines or both leading you to have stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, said the CDC’s website.
Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States, said CDC. It is also the most common cause of foodborne-disease outbreaks in North America.
Each year, it causes 19-21 million illnesses and 570-800 deaths.
The best way to prevent norovirus is to practice proper hand washing and general cleanliness, said officials.
Stay tuned for more information as the story develops.