Pittsburgh Montessori PreK-8 Closed Friday October 28, 2011
A high volume of student and staff illness-related absences at Pittsburgh Montessori PreK-8 prompted the District to contact the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD). The ACHD has determined the illness was most likely caused by a virus referred to as norovirus. To allow the District’s maintenance team to thoroughly clean the building and to prevent further infections of students and staff, Pittsburgh Montessori will be closed tomorrow, Friday, October 28, 2011. Classes will resume on Monday, October 31st allowing more than adequate time for the illness to run its course.
Norovirus is very contagious and is primarily transmitted through contact with stool or vomit and by touching contaminated surfaces. Common symptoms associated with norovirus are diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. A loss of energy, mild headache and low grade fever are sometimes present. There is no specific treatment for norovirus and symptoms usually resolve within 24-48 hours. Dehydration is the most common complication.