Health Dept. Investigates Illnesses At Farmington HS

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating after several students became ill over Homecoming weekend at Farmington High School.

According to school officials, students began showing symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea over the weekend and on Monday, 60 more students became ill with similar symptoms. Then on Wednesday, 10 more students called in sick with a similar illness.

The school celebrated Homecoming over the weekend, which prompted officials to wonder if there was a common thread.

The school district contacted the Minnesota Department of Health, who works with food service, to see if the illness is related.

The MDH is conducting interviews with the students who are sick to check on their symptoms and any commonalities. They are also investigating whether any food workers were ill prior to the incident.

At this point, they say there is nothing to indicate the illness was foodborne, however they are continuing to investigate.

  • Nancy Aleshire

    Sounds like Norovirus to me (a.k.a.Norwalk virus) or just a plain old stomach virus. They are quite prevalent this time of year and highly contagious. You pretty much have to let the virus take its course and go to a hospital if you feel your are dehydrated.

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