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Stomach virus going around at Hillsboro elementary school

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Flu season has not officially arrived yet, but a stomach bug is already wreaking havoc in the halls of one local school.

Quatama Elementary School officials, in Hillsboro, said by Thursday afternoon about 20 percent of the student body was dealing with some sort of gastrointestinal virus.

School officials are now trying to stop this illness before it spreads to even more kids.

Washington County Public Health is now looking into what could be causing so many students at the school to get sick.

The main symptom is vomiting, so they suspect it may be norovirus, also known as the stomach flu.

For now, the school encourages healthy students to stay that way by washing their hands often, washing their clothes that may have been exposed to germs, and to not share food.

FOX 12 spoke with a school official who said they're also doing their part to fight the spread of germs on campus.

"They did recommend deep cleaning of all surfaces 6 feet high and below with hospital grade cleaner. So we sent additional custodial support over to the school last night to conduct that cleaning of the entire school," said Beth Graser, with Hillsboro School District.

Other symptoms that kids are experiencing include diarrhea, high fever, rashes and a persistent cough.

If your kid is showing any of those symptoms, the school district recommends they stay home until 24 hours after those symptoms are gone.

A letter was sent out to staff and students encouraging parents to keep their children home from school if they are sick, and shared ways to prevent the virus from spreading.

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