Sickness at BHS spreads like wildfire

As the Bubonic Plague of Burlington sweeps around the school, junior Kyle Ludlum falls victim to it, arming himself with an assortment of suppressors. (PHOTO: Noah Parker)

As the Bubonic Plague of Burlington sweeps around the school, junior Kyle Ludlum falls victim to it, arming himself with an assortment of suppressors. (PHOTO: Noah Parker)

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Several people have been missing from school over the past couple weeks, due to what has been called the “Burlington Plague.”
At one point, around 20 freshmen students were missing from school due to illness.
Bobbi Ehrlich, music, is just one of the adult victims of this vicious sickness. She actually developed bronchitis, which she described as utterly horrible.
She missed two days of work. She tried to come in the second day, but it was quite obvious to principal Don Hillard and A.D. Dave Watkins she was still sick, so she was sent home.
Junior Sophie Servaes said her “boo thing” (fellow junior Bryce Taylor) called her sickness “Ebolis.”
“It spread throughout my family, and now my mom has it,” Sophie commented.
She missed a day and a half, but stayed until after Chemistry, second hour, on the second day, so she only got a tad behind in school work. Her symptoms included a sore throat, coughing, and pain when opening her eyes, due to a headache.
She said the thing that helped the most was orange juice, and lots of sleep.
Sophie was smart enough to get a flu shot, although her strain had clearly mutated. Junior Kasie Aikins did not obtain the vaccine.
Kasie had a very high fever, was tired all the time, had no appetite, and experienced lots of stomach and head pain.
She missed an entire week of school. “It [stunk] trying to catch up on everything,” she stated.
Freshman Erin Caudell may be the one who has been the Plague’s worst victim.  “I have missed about two weeks of school,” she admitted.  It was a huge struggle catching up on all the work she was gone for.
Erin had lots of coughing and a fever, which seemed to be the common plague effects.
One of Cat Track’s own even caught the nasty virus.
Sophomore photographer Noah Parker said, “It was nice to not have to go to school,” but it [stunk] because it was very painful.
He missed three days of school.  He was also one of those who did not get a flu shot. He said that he never gets sick, so he did not think it was a necessity.
Being sick can take a huge toll on sports teams, school activities, and can pile up the homework.  Eating healthy and possibly taking vitamins can help prevent said sickness.
Washing hands before eating and after bathroom stops is a great way to prevent illness as well, although you cannot stop it all.

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