LI Students Fell Sick After School Trip To Italy, Likely Not From Coronavirus

Sophia Hall
February 25, 2020 - 11:16 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A group of students from Lindenhurst High School in Long Island became ill while returning from a school trip to Italy.

When the students got home, some thought they could be sickened by the coronavirus. Their symptoms included nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and fever.

But according to the school district's nurses, who are working with the Suffolk County Health Department, these students are more likely to have the flu, norovirus or salmonella.

In a letter, Daniel Giordano, the superintendent of schools, wrote that the students' symptoms "are in no way reflective of the respiratory symptoms or symptoms of pneumonia which accompany the coronavirus."

Giordano suggested that anyone with similar symptoms should be seen by a doctor.

The students visited Rome, Venice and Florence on their trip. Nearly 300 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy, and about a dozen towns in northern Italy are under quarantine in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.