More than 300 students and staff at Delta Secondary School appear to have Norovirus.
A statement from Fraser Health says the school is undergoing “enhanced cleaning” and all students and staff who are exhibiting symptoms should stay home.
Norovirus causes vomiting and diarrhea, and is highly contagious. People can become infected from direct contact with another person who is infected, by sharing food or utensils, or by touching surfaces contaminated with the virus.
The virus usually passes after 24-48 hours.
Health officials say everyone needs to wash their hands frequently and carefully. Anyone who has norovirus is advised to stay home, and get lots of rest and liquids to prevent dehydration.
Students and staff who got norovirus should stay home for two days after their symptoms stop.
Notices have been sent home with all students advising parents of the “unusually high level of absenteeism due to flu-like symptoms.”
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