UPDATE: Stomach Flu Outbreak in Local Schools

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- The Winnebago County Health Department is still trying to figure out what caused more than 100 students to call in sick yesterday, at Christian Life Schools.

Christian Life Principal Larry Goodrich says there has been a vast improvement today, as absences were cut nearly in half. The Winnebago County Health Department says this type of virus is typical during the fall and winter. They remind us of the importance of washing our hands.

ROCKFORD (WIFR)-- The Winnebago County Health Department is waiting on test results to determine what made nearly one hundred students call in sick at Christian Life Schools. Preliminary reports show the illness is a type of a common stomach flu however some parents say they're still concerned.

Administrators say nearly one out of seven kids called in sick today with similar symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. The virus is called gastroenteritis and is often called the "stomach flu" however we're told it is not caused by influenza viruses.

The school says the health department tested the campus and did not find any signs of an epidemic. Principals tell us the facilities are cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis.

Administrators say if a student is sick it's best to keep the child home for another 24-hours after the symptoms go. The health department is reminding us to wash our hands consistently. The virus can last for up to ten days.

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