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Norovirus shuts down three Sacramento County schools after stomach illness spreads

The Elverta Joint Elementary School District closed its three campuses Thursday after norovirus spread at one school.
The Elverta Joint Elementary School District closed its three campuses Thursday after norovirus spread at one school. Elverta Joint Elementary School District

Three Elverta schools were closed Thursday morning after 33 students and five teachers were struck Wednesday with the norovirus, according to Sacramento County Health Department officials.

Elverta Joint Elementary School District leaders contacted the health department after students and adults at Elverta Elementary School experienced nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea, said Samantha Mott, spokeswoman for the health department.

The county advised the district to close the school, Mott said.

The district opted to close all three district schools – Elverta Elementary, Alpha Middle School and Alpha Charter High School – for a deep cleaning, according to a letter sent to parents. They will reopen Monday.

Most norovirus infections are mild and last only a few days. The infection is typically spread through contaminated water and food although it can pass from person to person, according to information from county health.

Diana Lambert: 916-321-1090, @dianalambert

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