Presidio Middle School closed due to stomach virus outbreak

Presidio Middle School in San Francisco’s Outer Richmond neighborhood was closed Friday due to an outbreak of a stomach virus, according to San Francisco school district officials.

The district will be disinfecting all surfaces following a “widespread outbreak of gastroenteritis” and consulting with the Department of Public Health, officials said.

District officials said as many as 155 students have reported symptoms of gastroenteritis since Wednesday.

“We understand that closing school is a burden on families and students, and we appreciate their understanding as we work to ensure the wellbeing of the school community,” SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews said in a statement.

Gastroenteritis is a general term for stomach distress and inflammation with symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting, and sometimes fever.

The outbreak is not related to the novel coronavirus, district officials said.

The school is expected to reopen Monday.

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