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Widespread outbreak of norovirus closes Shepherd of the Hills Christian School in Centennial

Posted at 5:50 AM, Dec 14, 2016

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- A school in Centennial closed Wednesday because of what school officials called a "widespread outbreak" of norovirus.

Shepherd of the Hills Christian School said the outbreak involved both students and staff.

School officials said during the school closure crews will be disinfecting the classrooms. The school will reopen Thursday for students, according to a pastor at Shepherd of the Hills. 

Norovirus is also called acute gastroenteritis. The Centers for Disease Control said the most common symptoms are diarrhea, throwing up, nausea and stomach pain. People suffering with nororvirus may also have a fever, headache and body aches.

The symptoms come on quickly -- usually 12 to 48 hours after exposure and most people get better within one to three days, according to the CDC.

Shepherd of the Hills Christian School has operated for more than 25 years in Centennial. It is part of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.

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