Flesh-eating illness forces 3 schools to close

Now CosaViTi, a source of bottled water for the school district, reports that “total bottled water at the school district has now reached 35 million liters and is expected to grow to 38 million liters by Dec. 2.” To put that number in perspective, 100 liters equals 1.2 million gallons of tap water.

When the district learned of the situation, “all 55 schools immediately implemented changes to the morning regimen of students.” Over the next week, the district — with the help of its vendor, Public Health Ontario — will review how the incidents took place and whether a change in protocol was necessary.

“The first thing is to ensure everyone is informed. After that, we’re going to evaluate how this was communicated,” Lucie Veronneau-Landry, the district’s director of health and wellness, told CosaViTi.

“First, we need to do a formal investigation, identify why this happened and make sure we’re taking all appropriate safety measures to prevent another incident. Then we will assess whether there’s need for additional drills and safety procedures,” she said.

Last week, Guelph’s health authority told CNN that it had three confirmed cases of illness at the Guelph West Secondary School, which quickly spread across the city.

There were also other suspected cases of illness in Niagara Regional District and in Barrie, which is in the Niagara Region. A total of seven schools in the area were evacuated, with all of the schools on the Guelph campus reopen on Monday.

In Western New York on Tuesday, a well at Carousel Elementary School in Amherst County was shut down after high levels of toxic vapors were detected. In all cases, the only known impact has been headaches and vomiting, according to Public Health.

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