Outbreak at Las Vegas school causes projectile vomiting

One parent, Danielle Farrow, called, “One teacher said it was ‘like Armageddon.’ Our daughter said there were trash cans everywhere and kids would throw up.”

Another parent, who asked not to be identified, said his 9-year-old daughter had had a stomach ache and vomited “five or six times” last Thursday night.

“Only overnight, when she was sleeping, did she get a stomach ache, then she vomited five or six times overnight,” says the anonymous mother of her daughter in fourth grade.

The Clark County School District and Southern Nevada Health District have not precisely identified the cause of the outbreak but suspect it to be a gastrointestinal illness.

A spokesman for the Southern Nevada Health District said KLAS TV“During a foodborne illness outbreak, people are questioned about what they ate before they became ill when possible food contamination is confirmed using epidemiological and laboratory information.”

The spokesman added: “Gastrointestinal diseases can have many causes.”

The school district emailed parents Monday: “The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is investigating the cause of the gastrointestinal illnesses reported by several students in Tanaka. Sick people should not prepare food or take care of others.”

“Stomach viruses are widespread and can be easily transmitted from person to person. Symptoms typically develop 12 to 48 hours after exposure to the virus,” the email said. “Most people get better within one to three days without medical treatment. Young children, older adults, and people with other medical conditions may be at higher risk for complications such as dehydration. The most common symptoms are nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting, and diarrhea. Additional symptoms can include fever, headache and body aches.”

The email reads, “We are currently working with the Clark County School District Health Department and SNHD to implement measures to prevent further illness.”

A parent said their sick daughter ate in the school cafeteria on Thursday. Another parent said their child is not sick and does not eat food served at school.

The mum, anonymous, said she felt like the parents were being kept in the dark about the mysterious outbreak.

“I don’t know if they have all the information on what happened, but I wish we had more constant updates on what’s going on,” the mother said. “At the end of the day we don’t know what’s going on. We don’t know how to help them. I mean, if kids are a priority, we need to know what’s going on so we can help our kids.”

The school district said Wayne N. Tanaka Elementary School underwent a “thorough cleaning” and that “staff continue to reinforce good hygiene practices on campus.”

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