Michigan School Temporarily Closes After Nearly 200 Students Get Ill

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Nearly 200 students at Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, Mich. were absent from school on Tuesday because of a widespread illness, which caused school officials to call for a two-day cancellation of classes.

According to Michigan Live, Unity Christian Alerted the Ottawa County Health Department of all the absentees on Monday when 100 students stayed home sick from school. The next day, the number of sick teens reached 180. The school is closed on Wednesday and Thursday.
The county's health department is looking into the cause of the ailment, which Principal Jack Postma describes as a "gastrointestinal illness." "This is not a common occurrence," he said, noting that the school has never had approximately 23 percent of its students call in sick.

Viruses can be spread through physical contact, which is why it's better to stay home when you're sick so that you don't give your illness to others. In the case of the flu, "people can be infectious before they have symptoms," Dr. Erica Brownfield tells WebMD.

To help reduce your chances of getting sick, Family Education suggests that you refrain from sharing food, drinks or clothing. Make sure to throw away used tissues, and wash your hands with soap and water frequently.

Has your school ever been shut down because of an illness? What do you do to prevent yourself from getting sick? %Poll-58636%

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