- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A private school in New Hampshire’s capital city closed due to an outbreak of the norovirus.

WMUR-TV reports (bit.ly/1TvuuqR) that Concord Christian Academy closed Friday after the highly-contagious virus spread through the school.

Department of Health and Human Services officials say there have been 20 outbreaks of norovirus in the state since the first of the year, affecting more than 500 people.

State officials have issued an alert about the highly contagious illness that causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Beth Daly of the health department’s infectious disease control division says outbreaks often occur during the winter months in institutional settings, such as health care facilities and schools.

Daly said symptoms typically last from 24 to 48 hours.

WMUR says school officials could not be reached for comment.

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