Two schools in Pierce County have reported an extraordinarily high number of absent children this week and health officials believe it might be because of norovirus.
About 70 students at Mountain Meadow Elementary School in Buckley called in sick or went home sick Wednesday. Another 25 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Tacoma were also absent Wednesday.
The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department did not have updated numbers Friday.
Reported symptoms among the children included vomiting, diarrhea, headache, body aches and a mild fever.
The illness has not been confirmed as norovirus, but the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department believes it could be. Norovirus typically lasts 24 to 48 hours and is not usually serious.
“Norovirus is very contagious and can very easily spread among children in a school setting,” spokeswoman Edie Jeffers said.
The Health Department sent an informative letter about norovirus to the parents at the affected schools.