Stomach Virus Causes Campus Illness
A number of students have been seen at our University Health Center and at area hospitals over the last two weeks. These students have experienced symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. The diagnosis is Viral Gastroenteritis. Hospital officials and the County Health Department have confirmed that there have been multiple cases of this virus diagnosed and treated throughout the area.
Viral gastroenteritis is an infection caused by a variety of viruses. It is often called the "stomach flu," though it is not caused by influenza viruses. Viral gastroenteritis is not caused by bacteria (such as Salmonella species or E coli), or parasites, or by medications, or other medical conditions, although the symptoms may be similar. To reduce the chances of being infected with this virus frequent hand washing with soap and water is recommended.
If you are experiencing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or abdominal cramping, we urge you to contact the Health Center or your doctor. Please contact Student Affairs if you have other questions or concerns.