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Russellville School Virus Identified

We now know why dozens of students at the Russellville school got sick last week.

The Cole County Health Department says Norovirus is what made nearly 100 kids complain of severe stomach problems and diarrhea. Health officials say there’s no treatment or vaccine available for the virus, which usually runs its course in a couple of days.

County Health Director Dr. Marie Peoples says people affected by Norovirus should remember to stay hydrated, and any surfaces that come in contact with the bug should be disinfected with a bleach-based cleaner.

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