The illness at Pittsburgh Carmalt is “most likely” norovirus, the Pittsburgh Public Schools said on its website. The cases were reported among students, as well as staff.
Norovirus is “very contagious” and can cause the infected individuals to experience symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted. In fact, norovirus has also been called the “winter vomiting bug.”
“Anyone” is susceptible to getting infected and falling ill with norovirus, the agency explained. This can be through having direct contact with someone who is infected, eating contaminated food or simply by touching contaminated surfaces and then putting unwashed hands in the mouth.
The affected school will be closed Monday to make way for thorough cleaning and “prevent further student and staff infections.” The classes will resume Tuesday.