Hank Silverberg, wtop.com
FAIRFAX, Va. – A nasty intestinal virus that students and staff at area schools are experiencing can be prevented. All that’s needed is soap and water and some elbow grease.
About 100 students and staff members at Willow Springs Elementary School went home Friday and crews scoured the school over the weekend. Other schools also have experienced stomach viruses.
Experts believe it could be the highly contagious Norovirus.
Doctors say the best defense against any stomach bug may start in the home.
Dr. Peter Troell, an epidemiologist from the Fairfax County Health Department, offers this advice:
Troell says the virus can spread as long as 24 hours after the person who was sick starts to feel normal.
“We do recommend that they clean with a bleach solution all the contact surfaces and touched surfaces,” he says.
He says gastrointestinal viruses do live on surfaces pretty well.
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