norovirus strikes university
February 3, 2009
WASHINGTON — At least 36 students at Catholic University of America have contracted norovirus, a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus whose eradication requires extensive cleaning of surfaces, according to the Washington Post.
In an effort to curb the virus'' spread, the university sanitized several buildings and stressed proper hygiene to students, the story stated.
The first case was reported on January 21; symptoms included vomiting, diarrhea and general discomfort, the story noted.
Dozens of students fell ill when norovirus previously stuck the university in 2006, the story added.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no antiviral medication that works against norovirus and there is no vaccine to prevent infection.
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