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Let the field trips and school dances commence: the numbers of those infected by Norovirus is down!

FILE PHOTO: The Avian influenza virus is harvested from a chicken egg as part of a diagnostic process in this undated U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) handout image. Erica Spackman/USDA/Handout/File Photo via REUTERS
FILE PHOTO: A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) scientist measures the amount of H7N9 avian flu virus which was grown and harvested in an unnamed CDC laboratory. James Gathany/CDC/Handout via REUTERS

There’s nothing that puts a damper on a warm Santa Monica afternoon quite like a case of the flu.  Flu season tends to go from December all the way into March and can sometimes last until May.  This one, in particular, has been especially dreary and plagued by the dreaded Norovirus.  The number of students and teachers infected has been so great, that many schools in Santa Monica have had to suspend activities outside of class in an effort to contain the spread of this virus. Luckily, the number of cases has gone down so the district and the Department of Public Health have lifted their restrictions!

This is great news since so many activities have been stalled due to Norovirus. John Adams Middle School even had to cancel the school dance, and their not alone.  Numerous field trips at other schools have also been cancelled. 

Despite the good news, the Department of Public Health still recommends everyone stay vigilant with washing their hands and, if infected, stay home for a full 48 hours after symptoms have ended.


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