McPherson school sickness likely due to food borne illness

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UPDATE: The McPherson Health Department says the illness that canceled the first day of classes at St. Joseph’s in McPherson was likely a food borne illness.

Those who turned up ill attended a Back to School BBQ event at the school on Sunday, August 11th.

The food served there was a combination of food provided by the school and food brought by people who attended.

The Kansas Department of Health is distributing a online questionnaire to St. Joseph’s families and trying to collect additional information.

School was back in session Thursday.


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MCPHERSON, Kansas – There was no school Wednesday for kids in one Kansas town because too many are sick.

The principal of Saint Joseph Catholic School in McPherson tells KSN that about half of the students and faculty are suffering from flu-like symptoms.

That’s about 80 kids and adults total.

The first day of school was supposed to be Wednesday, but officials believe they’ll have to wait until more of the students and staff recover.

Custodians have ramped up sanitation efforts as a precaution.

The McPherson Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are investigating the sickness.

A health department spokesperson says early indications point to this being a food-borne illness, however they are still trying to pinpoint the exact cause.

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