BY KYLE RYAN
Eagleswood Township Elementary School in West Creek, N.J. will be having a long weekend due to a recent sweep of norovirus infections among students.
As of Thursday, 40 percent of the children attending the Ocean County elementary school had fallen ill.
School Business Administrator Allison Bogart decided to have both children and faculty stay home through Columbus Day to allow for complete sterilization of the building, according to app.com.
More commonly known as food poisoning, noroviruses are extremely contagious and result in a plethora of unpleasant symptoms, including vomiting, stomach cramps, headache, low-grade fever, muscle aches and fatigue, according to WebMD.
WebMD states, “Once someone is infected from contaminated food, the virus can quickly pass from person to person through shared food or utensils, by shaking hands or through other close contact. People who have a weakened immune system are particularly susceptible to catching noroviruses.”