Stomach illness having major impact at Hudson Elementary

Pasco County

A bad stomach bug is plaguing an elementary school in Pasco County. More than 100 students were absent Tuesday at Hudson Elementary School.

The illness began last week with more than 80 students absent. The next day, 130 students were absent. Twelve staff members at the school have also become sick.

Despite the illness impacting students and staff, Hudson Elementary remains open at this time.

Last Wednesday, the Pasco County School District sent home a letter to parents warning them of a gastrointestinal illness.

It says individuals can become infected in several ways. That includes eating foods, drinking liquids or touching surfaces that are contaminated and then touching your mouth. 

The scary part of this is how easily it spreads. Symptoms of this are nasty. Those suffering have diarrhea, vomiting, fever, fatigue, a headache and bad stomach pain. Most people get this virus anywhere from one to three days but it can be longer if you get dehydrated. 

Students and teachers are being asked to stay home until they don’t show symptoms for at least 24 hours.

Pasco School officials say they’ve brought in additional custodial workers to do a deep clean on the school.

Health officials are advising the best way to fight this is good hand washing. You should wash your hands with soap and water for twenty seconds after using the bathroom and before eating food. It’s important to know that hand sanitizer doesn’t fight this illness. 

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