12 sickened by stomach virus at NYC storm shelter

Wednesday November 7, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) -- Officials say about a dozen people forced from their homes by Superstorm Sandy have gotten sick with a stomach virus at a New York City shelter.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that the problem arose at a shelter at Brooklyn’s John Jay High School. Officials say the ailment is a common, contagious virus, and no one at the shelter is severely ill.

The school had been set to reopen Wednesday. Now it’s expected to stay closed until Thursday while workers clean and disinfect it. The mayor says that’s being done "out of an abundance of caution."

The shelter residents are being moved to another spot. Officials say they’ll take measures to keep the virus from spreading further among the people in the shelter.


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