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Nearly 400 Rockwall High students absent Monday

By J.J. Smith. Nearly 400 Rockwall High students were absent from school Monday and over 200 Tuesday as a result of a fast-moving stomach virus.

According to RISD Communications Director Sheri Fowler, the 24-hour bug caused over 16 percent of students to miss school Monday, compared to the normal four to five percent.

She said that a lot of the sick students were involved with the athletics program – athletes, cheerleaders, drill team, etc. – and were involved with the Rockwall – Heath football game Friday night.

Dr. Gary Bonacquisti, Medical Director at Rockwall’s Presbyterian Hospital, said about 20 students were treated last weekend at the emergency room because they were so dehyrated from continuous vomiting that they needed iv fluids.

He said it is unusual that a virus would cause so many people to be sick so quickly and that it apparently started at Rockwall High School.

He also warned that the virus may “trickle down” from older to younger students and elementary schools may soon see more sick children.

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