Ketchikan school reopens

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2003

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A Catholic school reopened Tuesday after most of its students stayed home with a gastrointestinal illness Friday.

Holy Name Catholic School closed early and remained closed Monday.

Just 38 of the school's 114 students attended Friday and some staff members also stayed home.

The closure Monday was primarily to allow time for the affected students and staff to recuperate, said the Rev. Patrick Travers. It also ensured that the school was thoroughly cleaned, Travers said.

Signs of the illness began Thursday morning and accelerated through the day with large numbers of students vomiting.

State health officials advised that students and teachers who had symptoms should not return to school until 72 hours after the symptoms subsided.

A cleaning service used a solution designed to combat Norwalk-like viruses to disinfect the school rooms, especially tabletops and floors.

Ketchikan experienced an outbreak of a Norwalk-like virus in late November and early December. About 160 people reported symptoms over two weeks.

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