Dear members of the campus community:
It’s flu season!
Over the past several days, we have seen an increase in the number of students who have become ill with fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. These infections are caused by an extremely contagious stomach virus which can quickly spread from person to person especially in crowded places such as dormitories and classrooms. People become infected by touching surfaces that have the virus, having direct contact with an infected person, or consuming food or beverages contaminated with the virus.
There is no specific treatment for the virus. Most people feel better in a day or two. The best way to prevent dehydration is to drink enough liquid to replace fluid losses; in some cases it may be necessary to replace fluids intravenously and take medication to alleviate the nausea.
Facilities Operations will ensure high standards of cleaning with germicides and disinfectants which are effective in killing the virus that can live on surfaces for several hours. We encourage students and staff to use bleach and disposable germicidal wipes to clean personal areas including counters, door knobs, keyboards, bathrooms, and other spaces that can harbor germs.
There is also significant influenza activity on campus.
Here are some tips to stop the spread of the stomach virus and other contagious viruses such as influenza:
Although the volume of sick students is not as high as it has been with similar outbreaks in the past, we expect to see heightened activity of these viruses in the coming weeks. Please do your best to take proper precautions to limit the spread of these contagious viruses.
Jeff Goldstein, MD
Director of Health Services