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Dozens fall ill at George Washington University

February 16, 2012
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WASHINGTON — Dozens of cases of norovirus have been reported at George Washington University (GWU), prompting officials to warn students and faculty to be extra vigilant, according to WRC-TV.

As of Monday, 85 cases of the gastrointestinal illness had been reported to Student Health Services and the DC Department of Health, the article stated.

According to the article, health officials haven''t been able to identify a single commonality between all the cases.

"Since January 1, 2012, the Division of Epidemiology, Disease Surveillance and Investigation has investigated three outbreaks in which norovirus has been identified as the pathogen," said the DC Health Department in a statement.

"The DC Public Health Laboratory has confirmed norovirus in 13 human isolates during the investigation of these three outbreaks. Outbreaks of norovirus during this time of year are not uncommon. While norovirus outbreaks occur throughout the year, nationally over 80 percent of them occur during November-April," the statement added.

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