ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department has lab results for the sickness that made Zanesville City Schools close.
After testing various samples from sick students at John McIntire Elementary School the results came back positive for Norovirus. According to Dr. Vicki Whitacre there are many types of Norovirus and it is easily spread by touching contaminated surfaces, contaminated food or water, and touching those infected then touching your hands to your mouth.
“Our Research that we’ve done with interviewing students and the epi curves, the plot out when things show up, it doesn’t support this came from the food at all,” Whitacre said. “Although we are checking lot numbers of similar food.”
The best way to prevent further out-breaks is to make sure students are washing their hands with soap and water, and cleaning surfaces with bleach based cleaners. Zanesville City Schools closed after having over 100 students at John McIntire Elementary became ill.
“I think the school did a very good job,” Whitacre said. “They realized and called us immediately that they had a problem. I think it was a wise decision to close the school and to do the cleaning that they needed to do.”
The school has been instructed to keep cleaning extensively for the next few weeks. Parents of children in Zanesville City Schools will be receiving letters with more information. There is also information about the Norovirus on the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department’s, zmchd.org.