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Suspected norovirus outbreak closes Mich. schools - Apr 11th, 2013 - Local

— A suspected norovirus outbreak has prompted officials in a West Michigan school district to cancel classes for the rest of the week.

The Muskegon Chronicle and WGHN-AM report North Muskegon Public Schools are shut down Thursday and Friday.

Superintendent Curt Babcock discussed the decision in a letter sent to parents on Wednesday, saying it was made "for the safety and well-being of our staff and students."

Officials say 35 students were out sick Wednesday with symptoms of norovirus and another 35 got sick that day. In all, about 100 have been sickened.

Norovirus is part of a family of viruses that are spread person-to-person and cause flu-like symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping.