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    Unknown illness affects many at Washington Elementary School

    Stephanie Kelly, Assistant City Editor
    November 4, 2014 ?
    http://dailynorthwestern.com/2014/11...entary-school/

    Evanston/Skokie School District 65 contacted city health officials on Friday after an ?unusually large number? of students and staff at a district school became ill.

    Students and staff from Washington Elementary School, 914 Ashland Ave., had symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea, prompting the district administration to contact the city, said Carl Caneva, Evanston?s assistant director of the health department, in a letter to parents and guardians of the district. The origin and cause of the illness is still unknown, he said.

    The school?s Halloween parade and in-class Halloween parties were canceled by school administration after the health department recommended doing so, Caneva said.

    The health department is interviewing anyone with the illness to identify what it could be, and parents and guardians with a child experiencing the symptoms have been asked to call in to the city and complete a questionnaire, Caneva said.
    ...
    "We are in this breathing space before it happens. We do not know how long that breathing space is going to be. But, if we are not all organizing ourselves to get ready and to take action to prepare for a pandemic, then we are squandering an opportunity for our human security"- Dr. David Nabarro
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