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Virginia high school reports disease outbreak, 1,000 students report sick

Some 1,000 students and a few staff from a virginia high school last week had to call in sick with flu like symptoms and stomach pain.

Stafford High School Principal Allen Hicks sent a letter to parents on Friday, alerting them to an “outbreak of disease.”

“We are currently investigating the symptoms and working with the health department to identify the root cause of the disease,” Hicks said in the letter.

He said the school had no plans to close the building and learning will continue. Students will have “ample time” to catch up on missed work when they return to school, Hicks said.

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Custodial staff at the high school were to conduct a “widespread and thorough” cleaning of the entire building, Hick said, adding that cleaning of high-touch areas and electrostatic cleaning were to continue through Friday and Saturday.

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The Rappahannock Area Health District is investigating the outbreak, DC’s FOX 5 Reported. Stafford County Public Schools, meanwhile, canceled athletic and extracurricular activities through the weekend, according to the station.

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Fox News Digital has reached out to the district for additional comment.