Mysterious illness strikes a local high school

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT)  –  Manhattan High School is asking the state health department to figure out why so many of their students are sick.

The principal says the school nurse has sent more students home for throwing up this past week than any of her years of experience.

Healthy students are being asked not to share food and to wash their hands.

The following statement was sent out from Manhattan High School Principal Greg Hoyt to parents and students:

Students, Parents, and Guardians –
It’s been a terrific start to the school year, and thank you all for your contributions to that!
I have been notified by our school nurse, Ms. Robin Smith, that in the past week she has sent more students home from school with vomiting than she ever has in her many years of experience. She has contacted the Riley County Health Department, who in turn contacted KDHE who will be assisting us in exploring this unusual situation.
While I don’t want to alarm anyone or over react, this is a perfect time to remind everyone of simple steps that may be taken to protect yourself and others. This includes thoroughly washing your hands and keeping your hands away from your mouth and nose. Additionally, do not share food or drink.
Maintaining a healthy environment is a shared responsibility for all of us.
Greg Hoyt, MHS Principal

KSNT News is following this story and will let you know what health officials find out tonight on KSNT News at 5 & 6.

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