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More than 200 students, 23 faculty members out of Anderson Co. school due to stomach virus

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The number of students and teachers who missed school Thursday at an Anderson County District Five School went up as more people became ill from a stomach virus.

On Wednesday, officials said 177 students and 21 teachers were out of school at Calhoun Academy of the Arts due to a stomach virus going around the school.

On Thursday, the school district said that number had risen to 202 students and 23 faculty members.

The school district said workers were focusing extra effort on sanitizing high traffic areas, including door knobs, water fountains, and other areas that students are in constant contact with.

The school district said a letter would go home with students today from DHEC, detailing the dangers of stomach viruses and how they are spread.

In the letter,  DHEC states the illness is easily spread and that germs can stay on objects and surfaces and still infect people for days if not properly cleaned. 

DHEC says parents should not send their children to school or daycare if they are experiencing a GI illness. 

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