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Norovirus causing illness, absenteeism at Citrus Cove Elementary School

SUBURBAN BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - The higher than normal absentee rate at Citrus Cove Elementary is the result of the Norovirus GII, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Students have exhibited symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

Principal Laura Green said last week that administrators had noticed a "significant" number of absentees.

20 students were sent home Monday.

The school says it has been cleaning and sanitizing surfaces where there have been reports of illness as well as common areas.

According to the Health Department:  Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. Each year, it causes about 21 million illnesses and contributes to about 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths. Norovirus is also the most common cause of foodborne-disease outbreaks in the United States.

Proper hand-washing and general cleanliness is the best way to help prevent norovirus, according to the Health Department.

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