There is currently a norovirus outbreak at WCSU in Danbury, CT that is causing a great number of students to have sudden onset of severe diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, muscle aches, and low grade fever. Norovirus is commonly spread through food or water that is contaminated during preparation or through contaminated surfaces. Symptoms typically begin 12 to 48 hours after exposure and last one to three days. Most people recover completely without treatment. There are some cases, however, where vomiting and diarrhea can be severely dehydrating and require medical attention.
Currently, we have not seen an unusually high number of students having these symptoms at Student Health Services. Although diarrhea and vomiting can be signs of food poisoning such as with norovirus, they can also be signs of having the flu or other illnesses. We do encourage students to call for an appointment if they are experiencing these symptoms or feel ill in any way so that they can be promptly evaluated.
Remember to wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Avoid sharing food or drinks with others. Keep yourself healthy!