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Cleaning Crews At Manatee Bay Elementary For Mystery Illness

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Numerous students were reported sick at Manatee Bay Elementary School September 20, 2013.  (Source: CBS4)

Numerous students were reported sick at Manatee Bay Elementary School September 20, 2013. (Source: CBS4)

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WESTON (CBSMiami) – Cleaning crews are working over the weekend at Manatee Bay Elementary to sanitize the school.

According to a spokesperson with Broward County Schools, the school clean-up crews are working with the health department on the clean-up.

Concerned parents began showing up at Manatee Bay Elementary school as word spread kids were getting sick.  “I just receive a phone call from one of neighbors and she just told me to pick her (my daughter) up,” said parent Madelyn Banch.

Parents told CBS4 News they’ve learned between 200 and 300 kids are out with some kind of bug with flu like symptoms.

“I just heard there was a stomach virus that was here and i just felt like for the sake, to keep my kid home to he doesn’t catch it,” said Melissa Ross.

Her son Alex Ross is in third grade.  He said some of his friends are ill. “Are there a lot of kids sick at school?” asked CBS 4’s Ted Scouten.  “Yes, my friend went home,” he said.

By the time the final bell rang, the principal put together a letter to send home to parents.

The letter explained there were a lot of reports of sick children — with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and fever.

It urges parents to take preventative measures like making sure kids frequently wash their hands and telling parents to keep sick kids home until the symptoms are gone.

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