Charlotte, NC -On Wednesday, May 4, 2005, the Mecklenburg County Health Department received reports of a higher than normal rate of absenteeism among students at Matthews Elementary School. Also, during the day, several students were sent home sick.
Communicable disease control nurses and environmental health staff contacted parents of Matthews Elementary School students during the evening to investigate what was making the students ill.
"We are currently working with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and other partners, to determine what is making these students sick," said Mecklenburg County Health Director Wynn Mabry. "As we complete our investigation, we will update the public on our findings."
Symptoms that the students experienced included abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea and, in some cases, fever and diarrhea. If your child attends this school, and your child, you or any family member is experiencing these symptoms, please call Communicable Disease Control at 704-336-3477 to report the symptoms or to receive more information.
As more information becomes available, the Mecklenburg County Health Department will issue updates. Although the cause of this incidence is not currently known, all efforts are being made to identify the source and assure residents that they are safe.
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