By Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:46 GMT, 21 November 2019 | Updated: 17:49 GMT, 21 November 2019
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
Earlier this month, more than a dozen schools noticed a rise in absences, 'due to illness and