Suspected norovirus outbreak sickens 100 at college in Michigan

Brian Zimmerman - Print  | 

Local health officials are investigating a potential outbreak of norovirus at Davenport University's W.A. Lettinga campus in Grand Rapids, Mich., according to a report from MLive.

Students began reporting gastrointestinal illness over the weekend, according to a Wednesday statement from the university cited in the report. The outbreak has affected about 100 students.

In response to the outbreak, university officials elected to close campus for four days beginning Wednesday afternoon. Officials are asking sickened individuals to remain in isolation, according to a report from WoodTV.

Symptoms of norovirus can include stomach pain, fever, vomiting and diarrhea. The illness can be transmitted via person-to-person contact, or contact with contaminated surfaces and food. Norovirus causes 56,000 to 71,000 hospitalizations and 570 to 800 deaths every year, according to the CDC.

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