- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Lane County officials say they suspect one of two pumpkin-carving events may have been the origin of a suspected norovirus outbreak that closed a Eugene school for three days.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/1LPTVxJ ) that O’Hara Catholic School welcomed students and staff back on Tuesday after an extended five-day weekend. The school chose to close after at least 100 people fell ill.

Principal Tammy Conway says about 40 percent of students were absent on Tuesday.

Lane County health officials say they have ruled out other potential causes of the outbreak, instead zeroing in on the pumpkin-carving events held before Halloween.

Norovirus is a highly contagious pathogen that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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