Twenty-five students were sent home Thursday from the Edmund W. Miles Middle School after complaining of either a mild fever, cough, sore throat or combination of all three, said Humayun J. Chaudhry, commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.
In addition, 11 children with similar symptoms went home sick from the school Friday. They were in sixth, seventh and eighth grade. No one has been hospitalized, Chaudhry said.
These type of illnesses are common in schools, Chaudhry said, but "what is unusual is the number of children involved."
Chaudhry attributed that to close contact the students may have had in school. After school Thursday, officials had the school disinfected and cleaned, changed filters, and inspected all the air ducts, Williams said.
"Our goal is to try to contain [this] to prevent further transmission," Chaudhry said. "Hopefully this will be contained and will be all over with by Monday."
Williams said the illnesses were confined to the middle school.
"What we found unusual yesterday was we couldn't find any links or anything," Williams said. "We thought at first the cafeteria, but we were able to rule that out pretty quickly."
Health officials will know more when test results from cultures come back, probably early next week.