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Nearly 50 Colorado schools in one district closed after two mysterious and 'extremely contagious' stomach viruses spread to HUNDREDS of students and staff Mesa County Valley School District 51 in western Colorado has closed all 47 of its schools through Thanksgiving break Two stomach viruses have affected hundreds of students and staff, causing fever and vomiting The illness hasn't been identified but health officials say it lasts 12 to 24 hours and is behaving similarly to norovirus, the 'stomach bug' Custodial staff members are currently disinfecting all the buildings 

By Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:46 GMT, 21 November 2019 | Updated: 17:49 GMT, 21 November 2019

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A western Colorado school district has closed each one of its 47 schools due to an 'unprecedented spread' of two 'extremely contagious' viruses among students and staff, officials said Wednesday. 

Mesa County Valley School District 51 said all of the schools will be closed through Thanksgiving break and will reopen on Monday, December 2.

Officials said this is the first time that a district-wide closure of school buildings has been necessary.

'We are taking this highly unusual action because this virus is extremely contagious and spreading quickly across our schools,' district nursing coordinator Tanya Marvin said in a statement.

'In addition, it appears that there is now a second, related virus that is affecting students, some of whom have already been ill in recent weeks. The combination of the two has created an unprecedented spread of illness.'   

Mesa County Valley School District 51 has closed all of its 47 schools through Thanksgiving break due to the spread of two contagious stomach viruses among student and staff. Pictured: Appleton Elementary School, one of the closed schools

Mesa County Valley School District 51 has closed all of its 47 schools through Thanksgiving break due to the spread of two contagious stomach viruses among student and staff. Pictured: Appleton Elementary School, one of the closed schools

Earlier this month, more than a dozen schools noticed a rise in absences, 'due to illness and

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