Hundreds of students sick at elem. school

May 14, 2009 2:10:27 PM PDT
More than 240 students at Houston's Travis Elementary School were out sick today.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

That includes 26 students who were sent home after coming to school this morning. That comes after more than 80 kids were either absent or sent home yesterday with headaches, fever and stomach aches. School officials say the symptoms are more closely related to a stomach virus, rather than the swine flu.

City health officials say there have been seven cases of regular flu at the school. It's believed the other students contracted a viral illness. Other teams are also checking environmental factors and the food, to determine if there is some common cause for the illnesses.

It's not known if all of today's absences are because the children are actually sick, or just due to parental concern.

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