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11/19/02 - Winona

Schools Disinfect to Try to End Illness

   A new warning for parents in Smith County about a viral outbreak in local schools.

   The Smith County Health District says the virus which rapidly spread through Winona, Lindale and Big Sandy school districts has two phases. At first, the patient has headache, vomiting, congestion, cough, diarrhea and sore throat. The second phase usually begins on the third day, when the patient develops a fever.

   Children with any of these symptoms should not go to school.

   In Winona, no kids are going to school. All classes were cancelled until Friday because of the outbreak. So, Tuesday, the custodial staff disinfected the entire district.

   Lindale and Big Sandy schools have also had large numbers of students out sick. But neither district plans to cancel schools.

   Stephen Parr, reporting.

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