Georgetown University students and staff, who have been battling a gastrointestinal illness this week, appear to be suffering from a norovirus case as the number grows.
The number of Georgetown students and employees working with them is growing Gastrointestinal disease Looks like we saw a norovirus case this week.
Georgetown University has confirmed that it has begun cleaning and disinfecting 46 student rooms, all of which include infected people. After an update on Friday night it was revealed that the disease was caused by a norovirus.
The school said stomach infections can be transmitted from one person to another, as well as by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus and putting their fingers in their mouths.
So far, the university says more than 90 students have reported positive symptoms for norovirus. The Keep updating by saying less than 15 They were taken to area emergency departments, and a small subset of those individuals received intravenous rehydration.
If anyone shows symptoms, they are asked to limit exposure to other people for 48 hours or until the virus symptoms disappear.
The university says it is taking the following steps to help reduce the spread of norovirus:
- Increase the cleanliness and disinfection of high traffic areas in residences, dining halls, libraries, university buildings, Yates Field House and all other campus areas.
- Thorough cleaning and disinfection of relevant people’s rooms and all open or common areas of campus accommodation.
- Extend the quarantine meal delivery service to reduce students’ exposure to others.
Asymptomatic students are also encouraged to limit social gatherings where the virus can spread.
The number of people with symptoms on the Georgetown campus has dropped over the past few days, according to an update Friday morning.
The update, released at 11 a.m., will affect students and staff as well as people living on and off campus.
“Currently, we have not identified common food sources among those affected,” the school said in an update Friday morning.
University Public Health Director Dr Ranit Michori warned the campus community on Tuesday evening ahead of the outbreak. At the time, a dozen students on the main campus were reported to be ill. Symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have been reported.
The university said many students reported “short-term symptoms” and “although a small number of local emergency departments were assessed and rehydrated, none of the students were hospitalized.”
Number of sick students Total 40 Thursday.
Earlier this week, the university said it was collecting stool samples to identify potential pathogens and, temporarily, said the disease was not seen as being transmitted from person to person.
When the university alerted the community about the disease, Michori pointed to a link to the CDC’s report on the recent outbreak of Salmonella that affected 25 states and infected more than 120 people.