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Local School Reacts to Stomach Flu Bug

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--A local school is taking extra precautions tonight after flu outbreak on campus.

Officials at Isaac Newton Christian Academy gave parents the option of keeping their children home because of a stomach bug.

They say it's better to be safe than sorry.

"It seems to involve vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, head ache, sometimes a fever, said Head of School, Dean Ridder.

Those are the symptoms about 22 percent of students at the Isaac Newton Christian Academy began seeing this week.

"We noticed a drop in our attendance rate yesterday."

Dean Ridder says parents were calling in describing the same thing.

Thats when he contacted the Linn County Public Health Office.

"To find out if there had been anything going around if there were any precautionary measures we should be taking, he said.

Officials at public health say this type of illness is very common during this time of the year.

"People are inside. They are close quarters. They are around each other for long periods of time inside and so you're going to start to see germs spread back and forth, said Public Health Nurse, Heather Meador.

She says that's why hand hygiene is so important.

Experts say wash your hands with soap and water before eating or cooking.

"Any bacteria, any viruses on your hand. If you're eating something you're going to ingest those and it's going to make you sick, said Meador.

As for the school, Meador says officials handled things well.
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