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Norovirus Outbreak Hits George Washington University; 85 Sick

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Approximately 85 cases of norovirus have been confirmed by the George Washington University Student Health Service since Monday.

The majority of the cases occurred among students at the university’s Foggy Bottom campus, with others appearing at the Mount Vernon campus and elsewhere.

No single common link has been identified among the cases as of yet. The virus’ origin remains unknown.

To help curb the spread of the virus, GWU officials say the school will increase cleaning in heavily used common areas. In addition, hand sanitizer will continue to be supplied in some locations.

Students and faculty are urged to take extra precautions by washing their hands frequently and disinfecting surfaces.

The virus spreads rapidly within enclosed communities such as schools, dormitories and hospitals. It is passed through direct, close contact with an infected person, eating food or drinking liquid that has been contaminated, or by touching contaminated surfaces and placing hands or fingers in the mouth.

Most people recover from the virus within 48 hours, but symptoms can last longer in some instances.

The effects of the norovirus are comparable to a stomach flu and include diarrhea, throwing up, nausea, and stomach cramping.

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