More Than 100 Roland Students Sick; State Officials Investigate

High fever and vomiting kept more than 100 Roland students out of school Wednesday, (Oct. 23).

Leslea Bennett-Webb, with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, said the department went to the Roland School District to inspect the school’s cafeteria.

“It’s pretty scary,” said parent Nick Mason.

The department said everything was inspected and they’ve ruled out any food-borne illness.

Bennett-Webb said only nine students had symptoms Tuesday, but as of Wednesday morning that number had escalated to more than 100 students and 13 adults.

The department said the illness is likely a virus that spreads person to person.

“I’m thinking it’s a virus maybe. He’s had a runny nose and upset stomach,” said parent Tara Keach.

Keach said she’s not taking any chances with her family getting sick this flu season, especially considering the low number of attendance in her son’s class.

“It is a little scary, that there are only 11 kids in his class,” said Keach.

The Health Department said the school contacted them for the inspection.

5NEWS reached out to the schools superintendent for comment we did not get a call back.

 

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