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Go ahead, prove which of the articles I have sourced is a hoax or fabrication. There are numerous articles on each event if you do some searches, I'll think you find all of these events happened (except for maybe the one that was blacked out). I don't want to see fancy words, I want to see your proof that this isn't happening.
You don't need to have evidence for anything, you just need to give people "the feeling" that something is going on and sow the seeds for their imagination to take over.
Nearly half the students from Beartooth Elementary called in sick Friday as health officials continue to work to find out what's making them ill. In all, about 230 students were absent Friday, up from the 100 who called in or went home sick on Thursday. The school has about 460 students. RiverStone Health is investigating the cause of the illness. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The key to finding out what infected students are stool samples from those who got sick. When officials finish collecting samples, they'll send them to Helena for testing, which will take a couple of days, said Barbara Schneeman, director of communication and advocacy for RiverStone. Given that it was Friday, district leaders and RiverStone Health officials don't believe all 230 kids were sick. They think some were kept home either for caution or convenience. "We understand that completely," said Keith Beeman, Billings School District 2 superintendent. Stephanie Landers, who has two children at the school, kept both home even though only her daughter was sick. It was mostly a precaution for her son, she said. As of Friday evening, he still was feeling fine. "I don't know what to make of it," Landers said. Many parents had speculated that it was some type of food poisoning, she said. But Landers doesn't think so. Both of her children pack cold lunches and did so all week. RiverStone Health officials inspected the school kitchen Thursday and found nothing, Beeman said. SD2 contracts its food service with Sodexo, which prepares breakfast and lunch off-site and delivers them to individual schools. District custodians cleaned Beartooth on Thursday with bleach and will do so again over the weekend, Beeman said. "We will be ready to go Monday morning," he said.
Fifteen extra janitors are spending Thursday night scrubbing nearly every inch of Beartooth Elementary. "They're going to clean top to bottom," said Principal Cheryl Malia-McCall.
Mystery Illness Strikes Elementary Students
BILLINGS - Riverstone Health released findings today on the illness that forced up to half of the student population to stay home from school at Beartooth Elementary last week.
Health officials confirmed the presence of norovirus at Beartooth Elementary School last week. Laboratory testing identified the virus in some of the sick children.
"The confirmed presence of norovirus with so many sick children in one location certainly makes it likely that the virus was responsible for the widespread illness," Yellowstone County Health Officer John Felton said.
Norovirus usually produces symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea for 24 to 48 hours and generally goes away with no medical treatment. Norovirus is spread from person to person by touching contaminated surfaces or consuming contaminated food or water. The source of the illness at Beartooth Elementary School is unknown.
Health officials: Norovirus caused Billings elementary school illness
This is to provide guidance concerning a virus that affects the gastrointestinal system (stomach and intestines). The virus is called Norovirus and it affects the intestinal tract causing illness. Symptoms of Norovirus illness are diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. You may also experience body aches, headache, tiredness and low-grade fever. Symptoms will typically last 24 to 60 hours and will go away on their own. Norovirus outbreaks are common in schools and daycare facilities. District nurses are seeing more than usual number of children experiencing these symptoms.
Mattoon Community Unit School District 2 - Norovirus Information
Regional Public Health is warning sick people to stay away from crowds, school and work to prevent the spread of a flu-like bug that closed a Karori primary school today.
Fumigators are attempting to rid a flu-like virus from St Teresa's School which closed today due to illness.
One third of the school's 218 pupils were home sick yesterday and half of the teaching staff were expected to be too unwell to teach today.
Wellington School Closed by Sickness
Originally posted by bluemirage5
Sounds like an Federal Govt experiment to me!
FARMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - Health officials are trying to determine the source of an illness that sickened dozens of students at Farmington High School.
The students became sick on Saturday and Sunday, experiencing vomiting and diarrhea.
KARE-TV (http://(link tracking not allowed)/puwkkg) reports 60 students called in sick Monday. By Wednesday that number was down to 30 - a level Superintendent Jay Haugen says is about normal for this time of year.
Minnesota Department of Health spokesman Doug Schultz says investigators were at the school Monday and found nothing out of the ordinary. The only thing notable was that students - instead of kitchen staff - had been serving tacos for homecoming one day last week.
The district scrubbed the cafeteria with bleach and stopped the self-service lunch line until the source of the illness is discovered.
Dozens of Farmington HS students call in sick
Nearly 130 sixth-grade students from two Orange Unified elementary schools are ailing after contracting a virus from an unknown source during a field trip to Big Bear Mountain this week.
Officials said initially about three dozen students from Crescent and Olive schools contracted Norovirus, which causes acute gastroenteritis, commonly known as the stomach flu, prompting them to abort the trip on Wednesday – just two days after 230 students arrived at Camp Cedar Crest in Running Springs.
Symptoms of the virus include diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain.
The number of cases grew to 128 over the last three days, officials said.
Johnson said that health officials had ruled out food poisoning. But there was still no known cause for the outbreak.
"When I got there, I saw so many sick kids," she said. "It looked like an infirmary. My daughter had vomit in her hair. It was just awful."
At the camp, crews have spent the past two days deep-cleaning the buildings, Johnson said.
"They're using chlorine-based cleaners to sanitize floors, walls, surfaces and other areas," Johnson said.
Nearly 130 sickened from school field trip
COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) - El Paso County health officials are investigating what has caused dozens of Falcon Middle School students to either call in sick or complain of vomiting or diarrhea.
County health department medical director Bernadette Albanese says it's unknown how many students are sick, but she tells The Gazette it could be more than 100. KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs reports about 160 students stayed home from school Thursday. The school had about 900 students last year.
Health officials are investigating whether the illness is food-related or whether it spread from person to person. The investigation could take several days.
Dozens of Farmington HS students call in sick
Nearly half the students from Beartooth Elementary called in sick Friday as health officials continue to work to find out what's making them ill.
In all, about 230 students were absent Friday, up from the 100 who called in or went home sick on Thursday. The school has about 460 students.
RiverStone Health is investigating the cause of the illness. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Many parents had speculated that it was some type of food poisoning, she said.
But Landers doesn't think so. Both of her children pack cold lunches and did so all week.
District custodians cleaned Beartooth on Thursday with bleach and will do so again over the weekend, Beeman said.
More Beartooth Elementary students call in sick
Originally posted by ChaoticOrder
reply to post by reg
LOL! That is hilarious.
A day after 136 students collapsed at a Kompong Cham high school while standing at attention as punishment for not showing deference to the national flag, the local police chief offered a unique explanation for the mass fainting – trees.
“According to the hospital’s analysis, the reason why the students fainted is [because of] the huge tree in the school compound and the farmland surrounding the school, which absorbed the oxygen,” said Heng Meng, police chief of Chamkar Leu district, adding that the punishment could not be blamed as one of the teachers “also [had difficulty breathing] and felt dizzy”.
Heng Phal Rith, school director of Bosknor high school in Chamkar Leu district, also cited the hospital’s report in blaming the incident on a lack of oxygen, adding that he “did not punish the students. It is just a rumour”.
A doctor from the local hospital, Iv Then, said that based on his examination, the lack of oxygen was due to an abundance of trees, which trapped the oxygen, adding that the first four or five students fainted because they were standing under the school’s large medicinal oil tree.
Hmmmm....don't trees typically produce oxygen?
World Health Organization representative Dr Pieter van Maaren said that while he was not a biologist by trade, the explanation admittedly sounded a bit odd.
“Dating back to my own biology classes, green plants and trees actually produce oxygen rather than capture it, so I’m a bit puzzled by [the explanation],” he said, adding that if they had said that the trees were producing a certain smell that affected the students’ composure, it might be more plausible.
EDIT: It looks like that event may have happened on Monday or Tuesday (24th-25th). Only a few days before the earliest event I could find in the US.edit on 7-11-2011 by ChaoticOrder because: (no reason given)