Fox 5 reports: Potential Norovirus Outbreak at Howard University

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Yikes! From Fox 5:

Howard University says 40 students have been treated for norovirus symptoms in the last 24 hours.

Last week George Washington University reported 85similar cases of the highly contagious stomach illness.

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  • Jesus…no treatment or prevention method. :-/

    • Perhaps no treatment, but prevention is straightforward: don’t put crap in your mouth. And since other people are really bad about keeping crap off their hands, you need to wash your hands before they go anywhere near your mouth, or anything that will go in your mouth.

      And don’t eat meals prepared by anyone you don’t trust to follow basic hygiene rules.

  • My wife is pretty sure she had it this past week. Certain blood types are resistant. I appear to be one of the lucky ones.

  • It’s not just at universities–a bunch of people in my office are out sick with it. I’m hoping my ironclad immune system continues to protect me…

  • I find it strange that this is news. A tummy bug is going around. Is it because the news has gotten a hold of the scary-sounding scientific name? Would it be news if it were just “stomach flu”?

  • I call it the “Oops, I pooped my pants” virus.

  • I bet those horrible Chick Fil A Expresses are to blame.

  • It’s can be pretty painful – like food poisoning – and sometimes fatal. It hit the little kid and dad of a family we know, and they don’t have anything to do with either university.

  • Aside from knowing where a food outbreak occured and avoiding it, the best way to prevent contracting it is good hygiene, especially frequent hand washing. The virus passes very easily from person to person, and even from contaminated inanimate objects to people. The virus infects people mainly via a fecal-oral route, so you become infected by ingesting virus particles. Being especially careful about handwashing after using the restroom, before eating, and before preparing meals can help prevent the spread.

    Also, just FYI, Howard no longer has a Chick-fil-a express.

  • Yep! Had it last week, co worker had it & a friend who I have not been in contact with for weeks. Nasty little thing, upside, lost 7 pounds. But seriously, you need to keep hydrated, it can be dangerous, I did not have the south region explosions but the north was a full on exorcism for 9 hours.

  • Also had this, took me out for 3 days. Drank lots of pediasure and slept a lot.

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