Norovirus Update

An update from a compiled response by Dean of Students Anthony Campbell, Associate Vice President for Planning Debbie Stasolla and Executive Director of University Communications Dan Higgins:

There has been a significant decrease in new cases of norovirus on both the Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses, as well as a decline in the amount of transports to local hospitals.

Of the 40 students who were transported to hospitals last night, all but one have returned and are recovering. Most students do not require hospitalization, and have been treated today by Student Health Services. Only one student has reportedly been admitted to the hospital.

Between last night and today, 58 cases of the suspected norovirus have been reported. Eighteen of those students reported feeling sick today, and 4 were sent to nearby hospitals for treatment.

As far as officials know, the causes of the virus are unknown. They do not believe that it was transmitted through food services, but the diner was closed last night for precaution.

From University Communications:

Any student exhibiting symptoms of norovirus should go to Conover Hall on Lawrenceville’s campus and the Student Health Center on Westminster’s campus. If you cannot get there yourself, call public safety immediately at ext. 5029 or (609) 896- 5029 on both campuses. There will be healthcare professionals at all of these sites throughout the night.

The Centers for Disease Control says that symptoms of the virus usually inlcude diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach cramps. Other symptoms inlcude fever, chills, muscle aches, headache and faticgue.

Most people begin to feel sick 1 to 2 days after they are infected, and are contagious from the time that they begin to feel ill until at least 3 days after they begin to feel better. For more information about the virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/gastro/norovirus.htm

Check back here for updates, and don’t forget to grab The Rider News tomorrow morning on newsstands throughout campus.

-Natia K.

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