Us im jillian smukler.
A serious virus has spread throughout all- bany public schools leaving hundreds of kids sick and even sending some to the emergency room.
Kezi 9 news reporter emma withrow spoke with one parent whose child caught the virus and explains why so many people are fearing for their health....in tonight's top story.
Superintendent melissa goff of the greater albany public schools posted a warning on their facebook page that updated parents on a serious virus spreading through the schools.
The virus has been affecting hudreds of people throughout albany and has apparently spread throughout many schools including periwinkle elemantary school, where ryder true is a second grader.
"next thing you know ryder sat up and started vomiting everywhere, and it never stopped.
So about 3 am we finally got up and took him into the er."
Ryder's mom, karen true, said that her son wasn't the only one experiencing these awful symptoms. true said almost the entire basketball team ryder played on turned out sick too.
"i'm in a group text with ryder's entire basketball team and the parents of that team, and almost all the parents responded that their kids were sick the same night."
True said ryder was not just throwing up but dry heaving, was extremely dehydrated, and becoming increasingly pale.
Emma: parents tell me this is not just a common cold making the rounds, but a virus that's hospitalizing kids.
One parent said the albany boys and girls club had 70 kids out sick yesterday.
Goff says the symptoms from the virus hit you fast.
And some of them include a fever of 100 degrees or higher, feelnig fatigue, and muscle or body aches.
Some people may have vomitting and diarrhea which is more common in children than adults.
Goff said the buildings will be disinfected over the weekend in anticipation of having the schools open on monday.
Goff says if your child is affected make sure you keep them home until they have been fever free or have not vomited for at least forty eight hours to help prevent the virus from spreading.
Reporting in albany, emma withrow