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St. John's Academy closed due to possible Norovirus outbreak

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An outbreak of the stomach bug, possibly the Norovirus, is prompting administrators to shut down a school.

Saint John's Jesuit Academy was closed today and it's set be closed again tomorrow.

This only affects the 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

The middle school is attached to the high school, at the corner of Airport Highway and Holland-Sylvania.

Inside, sanitarians with the health department and an epidemiologist are scouring the building, looking for samples of a virus and disinfecting the rest.

Health Commissioner Dr. David Grossman says the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department has been in close contact with St. Johns.

He helped administrators make the call to shut down the middle school through this weekend.

"All it takes is the guys in the locker room, and two towel touch their mouth and you can spread it," said Dr. Grossman.

A spokesperson for St. John's tells 13abc:
"Over three dozen students in the 175-student Academy (6th-8th grade) were out sick or went home sick on Wednesday. Our maintenance staff along with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department are working to make sure that surfaces in the school are properly washed and disinfected. "

At this point, the health commissioner says there is no indication this virus has spread beyond the walls of the building.

Inside, it was spreading fast, which leads him to believe this could be the Norovirus.

"We think this is the virus that may cause those stomach illnesses on the cruises," explained Dr. Grossman, "but we have no documentation of that yet because we need some samples and we have not been able to get those.

After today's testing, the health department may know for sure

Meantime, St. John's High School will remain open tomorrow.

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