- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A spokeswoman for a south Seattle school district says dozens of students at one elementary school were out sick Friday and the culprit is believed to be norovirus.

KING-TV reports (https://is.gd/kXVvgi ) that Highline School District spokeswoman Catherine Carbone Rogers said about 69 students were absent from Southern Heights Elementary. A normal day’s absence would be about 15-20 students.

Rogers said she didn’t know if all 69 students had norovirus, but estimates about 50 children did.

As a precaution, school officials prohibited kids from exchanging Valentine’s Day cards and treats.

Norovirus is a common, contagious virus that causes stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea.

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Information from: KING-TV, https://www.king5.com/

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