Mysterious stomach bug hits Waukesha County schools

CREATED May 2, 2013 - UPDATED: May 3, 2013

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Watch Nick Montes' report above, and scroll through the video gallery to watch Annie Scholz's original report from Thursday night, May 2.

NEW BERLIN - Waukesha County Health Department officials have sent a letter to parents telling them of a strange illness at one of their schools.

They don't know exactly what is going around Ronald Reagan Elementary School, but whatever it is, it's causing stomach problems for a lot of students.

So many kids have come down with a mysterious stomach bug there, the health department sent an alert to parents saying they're investigating the situation.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes reports that some students at a school in Mukwonago are experiencing the same problem

Matt Wagner's son was sent home from Reagan School Thursday afternoon. He tells TODAY'S TMJ4, better safe than sorry.

"We we're glad the school was very prompt about it. They called us right away and let us know. My wife left work early and came and got him," said Wagner.

Even though Matt's son is already feeling better, he's going to stay home Friday too -- at the health department's suggestion.

"They said we cannot send him back 48 hours after the point he got sent home. Which in our case, we're lucky. He'll have to stay home tomorrow but he'll be back Monday," explained Wagner.

Health officials are trying to nail down what exactly the illness is. They think Norovirus is a possibility. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, and it's often spread in crowded environments. But they won't know for sure until they test some of the sick students.

A spokesperson with the school district tells us they're increasing their cleaning and working with the health department. The school will operate as normal.