Lindenhurst High School students return from trip to Italy with flu-like symptoms

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A group of students from Lindenhurst High School are sick after they traveled to Italy during the winter break.

School district officials say the students are showing symptoms that indicate the flu, norovirus or possibly salmonella.

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The trip included stops in Rome, Venice and Florence, which are not on the list of towns in Italy currently under quarantine due to the coronavirus surge in the country.

In a letter posted on the district website, Superintendent Daniel Giordano says nurses have been in touch with county health officials, and that that agency "have expressed confidence that the gastric symptoms being displayed by our students are more aligned with a diagnosis of norovirus, flu or possibly even salmonella and are in no way reflective of the respiratory symptoms or symptoms of pneumonia which accompany the coronavirus."

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It's not yet clear how many students are sick. News 12 has reached out to Lindenhurst schools for comment.

 The Suffolk County Department of Health released a statement: 

Currently there are no confirmed cases or patients under investigation for the Coronavirus in Suffolk County. The County Department of Health Services remains in close contact with the CDC and the New York State Department of Health to receive the latest and most up to date information regarding the Novel Coronavirus.

Residents and visitors alike should be reassured that the County remains a safe place to travel to and visit, and the Department of Health will continue to focus on public education regarding this virus and any possible impacts.

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