- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

MATTAWAN, Mich. (AP) - A southwestern Michigan school superintendent is telling parents to keep their sick children home after custodians and bus drivers spent the weekend disinfecting buildings and buses.

Mattawan Consolidated Schools Superintendent Robin Buchler told the Kalamazoo Gazette on Monday (http://bit.ly/2jw3Xdw ) that 500 students were absent Friday, including nearly a quarter of the high school enrollment.

She says some students left school after their friends fell ill, and parents of others took their children home as a precaution.

Van Buren and Cass Health Department Medical Director Dr. Larry Wile Jr. says it’s not clear yet what the source of the illnesses is. He says a norovirus and influenza are among the possibilities.

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