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February 11, 2010
We are aware
of that a number of students – both on campus and off - have been ill
symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
While only a small number of individuals have contacted the
center, resident advisors report illness in a number of complexes
What Do We
- A number of
communities across the state have experienced illness consisting of
and diarrhea in recent days and weeks.
This, together with the fact that students at a number of
complexes across campus have developed this illness over a relatively
frame, leads us to believe that the illness is viral in nature and is
spread from person to person.
- We have no
indication that contaminated food is an important source of spread at
What is the
- The illness
is characterized by the relatively sudden onset of nausea and vomiting;
individuals also develop diarrhea. The
duration of acute symptoms is approximately 24 hours, and recovery has
Illness be Prevented?
- Because it
appears that the illness is spread from person to person, regular
hand washing (using
soap and water or a hand sanitizer) and not sharing eating utensils are
important ways to minimize transmission of this illness.
I do if I Become Ill?
symptoms can be treated with rest and maintaining adequate fluid intake.
- If you
experience more significant symptoms, students may contact the Center
Health and Wellbeing at 656-3350 for advice and appropriate
- Faculty and
staff should consult their primary health provider for consultation as
- We will continue to
monitor this situation, collaborate closely with the Vermont Department
Health, and share important information with the community as events