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Norovirus Outbreak Has Now Infected Almost 2,500 People

Yolo County health officials say the Norovirus outbreak has now infected almost 2,500 people, but appears to be slowing down. Still, schools are seeing a lot of absences.

Kumari Hudson-Bates, a second-grade teacher at Sci-Tech Academy in Knights Landing, missed school due to the virus. She says four of her 25 students are currently absent.

"We're all getting ready for Science Fair," says Hudson-Bates. "So that means those kids miss out on getting ready for Science Fair and then we have to catch them up."

Sacramento's school district reported Wednesday that 29 students and staff appeared to have Norovirus symptoms.

California's Department of Public Health says it has received reports of 13 outbreaks across the state since April 1st, but this is not abnormal.

Health officials are reminding people with the virus to stay away from work or school for 48 hours after symptoms have subsided, because they are still contagious during this period.

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Sally Schilling

Reporter/Podcast Producer

Sally Schilling is a Davis native and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has reported on redwood poachers robbing national forests in Humboldt County and the dangers of melting tropical glaciers in the Peruvian Andes.  Read Full Bio 

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