- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A Eugene school was closed for at least two days after 16 staff members called out sick in a suspected norovirus outbreak.

Officials say a number of students at O’Hara Catholic School also reported being sick.

Health officials are trying to determine the source of the outbreak as crews scrub the building from top to bottom with a chlorine-bleach mix.

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

Lane County health department spokesman Jason Davis tells the Register-Guard (https://bit.ly/1Sdekiq ) that students are likely to return to school “early next week,” but an exact date hasn’t been determined.

The school’s website says it has more than 520 students in grades pre-kindergarten through eight. More than 50 teachers and administrators work there.

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