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Students, Staff At Lee County School Go Home After Getting Sick

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LEE COUNTY, N.C. — Seventy students and five staff members were reported absent or went home from B.T. Bullock Elementary School early on Wednesday due to gastrointestinal symptoms.

Officials said the illness primarily affected kindergarten and first-grade students.

Information was gathered from teachers on recent parties involving food, field trips, classroom pets and other animals in the classroom. Environmental health specialists tested recently served food from the cafeteria. The specialists initially found nothing of concern.

Nurses with the Lee County Health Department interviewed students and parents, along with affected staff members, for symptoms and other relevant information. The health department also alerted the local hospital and local physicians as to the illness and the proper protocol to be followed.

Officials said an unusually high number of absences continued on Thursday, primarily in the kindergarten through second grade. The cause of those absences has not been determined.

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