CARIBOU, Maine — Miss Jordyn’s Child Care and Preschool facility had to close its doors Monday after eight out of 12 teachers came down with a sudden “extreme illness” that also has affected about 42 students and parents, according to school owner and director Jordyn Rossignol.
Rossignol initially suspected the illness might have been caused by food served at a preschool graduation party on Friday night but she later discovered that some parents and students who were not in attendance Friday came down with the same condition.
Symptoms, according to Rossignol, include fever, chills, vomiting and diarrhea.
“Three of my teachers went to the emergency room and had to get fluids through an IV,” she said Monday, adding that their doctor told them it was a virus.
Casey Bouchard, communications and community relations specialist at Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services, said Monday afternoon that the illness is “not at all” something to be worried about.
According to Bouchard, hospital staff are referring to the condition as “gastroenteritis,” which she said is a “technical term for a stomach bug,” causing symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea.
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