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Illness in Oregon schools

BEAVERTON (AP) — A spokeswoman for a suburban Portland school district says the norovirus is believed to be responsible for sickening at least 100 students and several staff members at an elementary school.

Beaverton School District spokeswoman Maureen Wheeler said Friday the district is working with the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services. The health department has sent health specialists to Rock Creek Elementary to try to stop the spread of the illness.

The Oregonian reports that Jon Kawaguchi of the county’s environmental health program says a couple of students were sick earlier in the week, but the cause of the highly contagious virus remains unknown. The Health Department is also checking the types of disinfectants used by the school to determine if they are effective against such viruses.

Rock Creek has 540 students. Wheeler says custodians will spend the three-day weekend disinfecting the school.

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