Nearly 25% of Carrollton students absent because of illness

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by Lucy Bustamante, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 6:20 PM

SMITHFIELD-- The nurse's office at Carrollton Elementary School in Smithfield has seen a flurry of activity this week.

On Monday, Isle of Wight spokeswoman Kenita Bowers reported that of the 560 kids that attend, 140 children were absent due to illness. That's not including the staff.

Bowers says that out of the nine schools in their county, Carrollton is the worst.

13News asked for comment from the principal but he and his daughter are at home sick too.

The principal has been emailing parents, warning them of the pandemic of sickness going through his school.

An extra janitorial crew was cleaning every surface of the school Wednesday with a special certified cleaner from the department of health.

CHKD specialist in infectious diseases Dr. Randall Fisher says the virus that is affecting people's stomachs and the influenza virus are two different illnesses.

Fisher says there's no such thing as the stomach flu.

The Virginia Health Department reports that smaller children are most affected right now with illnesses such as RSV and the flu.

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