More than 150 students at Douglas school sickened by virus



DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. - An outbreak at a metro Atlanta elementary school sent more than 100 students home.

Officials at South Douglas Elementary School told Channel 2 they believe they have the illness contained as students head back to class Friday morning.

Janitors spent the day Thursday sanitizing the entire school after a virus caused 160 students and 12 staff members to become ill. The lesson for students who did attend school on Thursday was all about health and hygiene.

The Douglas County Health Department said the illness is a two- or three-day virus, and with proper cleaning and hygiene, it should be eliminated from the school.

Rebecca Farmer said the virus hit her 10-year-old daughter in the middle of the night.

“She came into the bedroom and she said she felt sick, and sure enough she started getting sick and it lasted pretty much throughout the whole day,” Farmer said.

Health officials said janitors will finish sanitizing the school over the weekend.