Cause of Mysterious Illness in Cole County School Still Unknown

6 years 3 months 1 week ago Friday, May 17 2013 May 17, 2013 Friday, May 17, 2013 9:44:00 AM CDT May 17, 2013 in News
By: Ruohan Xu
loading

COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Health Department is still investigating the cause of a mysterious illness that spread throughout Cole-R1 elementary and middle schools, as of Friday morning.

In the news release, the department said parents began reporting the disease around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. The health department then contacted school officials who confirmed the illness. 

Dr. Marie Peoples, public health director for Cole County Health Department, said it has identified 91 sick students and two school staff members.

The school district then launched an investigation and on Thursday, ruled out food poisoning as a cause.

Superintendent Jerry Hobbs said the school is back to normal and only 14 students were absent from school on Friday. He said people should not be too worried. 

"We have been trying to corporate with the health department, trying to do everything we can to identify what the virus is. If this happened two or three months ago, nobody would think anything about it, typically when the flu season is. But at this point during the later part of the school year, it is not a typical thing that happens. But basically it is just a flu virus that happened to our kids," Hobbs said. 

The health department said it plans to finish the investigation soon and release the result next Monday or Tuesday. 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Boonville School District buses will take snow routes Monday due to flooding. According to Boonville School District,... More >>
3 hours ago Sunday, August 25 2019 Aug 25, 2019 Sunday, August 25, 2019 11:14:00 PM CDT August 25, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - As Rock Bridge High School student Hope Keithahn headed into her senior year, she came up with an... More >>
4 hours ago Sunday, August 25 2019 Aug 25, 2019 Sunday, August 25, 2019 10:30:00 PM CDT August 25, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Troopers said a Fulton teenager was seriously injured after she was ejected from her car in a Callaway... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, August 25 2019 Aug 25, 2019 Sunday, August 25, 2019 8:18:00 PM CDT August 25, 2019 in News
OVERTON, Mo. - Authorities are searching for a motorcycle rider who fled the scene of a crash on I-70 Sunday.... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, August 25 2019 Aug 25, 2019 Sunday, August 25, 2019 6:51:00 PM CDT August 25, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – One of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws is scheduled to go into effect in Missouri on Aug.... More >>
9 hours ago Sunday, August 25 2019 Aug 25, 2019 Sunday, August 25, 2019 5:32:00 PM CDT August 25, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A new exhibit, organized by the League of Woman Voters and the Boone County History and Culture Center,... More >>
9 hours ago Sunday, August 25 2019 Aug 25, 2019 Sunday, August 25, 2019 5:05:00 PM CDT August 25, 2019 in News
HIGBEE - After closing last June, the Higbee Senior Center is attempting to re-open. The center hosted a benefit lunch... More >>
10 hours ago Sunday, August 25 2019 Aug 25, 2019 Sunday, August 25, 2019 4:19:00 PM CDT August 25, 2019 in Continuous News
SUNRISE BEACH - The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout resumed Sunday after being suspended Saturday. The race was called... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, August 25 2019 Aug 25, 2019 Sunday, August 25, 2019 3:31:00 PM CDT August 25, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - After five years of a growing business, Peggy Jean's Pies is moving to a new location. With... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:05:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
ASHLAND - After Gov. Mike Parson called for the state legislature to convene in a special session to discuss a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 6:46:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A defense attorney is seeking a psychiatric exam for the semi driver charged with causing a highway... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:06:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS — Missouri State Highway Patrol divers recovered the body of a missing man Saturday night from... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:50:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa-based grocery chain says it's aware of reports that hacked customer account information is... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 2:23:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police are investigating a crash on I-70 at Stadium Boulevard on Saturday afternoon that left one person... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 1:50:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Participants raised $83,988 for the Columbia Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday. In its 12th year, the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 1:48:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A butterfly mural has appeared in a Columbia alley and has become a new photo destination. Children's... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 11:35:00 AM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Four years after student protesters denouncing a racist campus culture and demanding a more diverse faculty... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:26:00 AM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say an 8-year-old girl has been killed and three others injured in a shooting near... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:12:00 AM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 70°
3am 70°
4am 69°
5am 68°
6am 67°