Norovirus outbreak prompts South Bay Union School District closure

EUREKA, CA. – Over 100 students of the South Bay Union School District in Eureka were home sick Friday due to a norovirus outbreak – prompting a temporary district closure.

The Department of Health and Human Services says the norovirus caused 132 students out of the three-school district to stay home, along with an unknown number of staff.

The district says they will close their schools starting now through winter break.

The virus, believed to have broken out at Pine Hill School, causes nausea, fever, stomach pain and vomiting and diarrhea.

DHHS says symptoms will typically show within 12 to 48 hours of exposure, and the person will be contagious for at least 24 hours after recovery.

Earlier this year in Yolo County, a similar outbreak sickened about 4,000.