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RIT takes steps after cases of norovirus on campus

RIT says that the Monroe County Department of Health has determined that norovirus, which is a contagious family of viruses, is likely responsible for recent illnesses on the Henrietta campus.

RIT officials say that about 50 students had the symptoms similar to norovirus which include things like vomiting and diarrhea.

RIT says that the vast majority of cases were resolved within 24-36 hours without medical treatment but some students needed care in the Student Health Center and a few got care from a local emergency department.

The university says it has substantially increased its already stringent deep cleaning and sanitization efforts.

RIT says health officials have determined the virus is unlikely to be food-borne, and dining facilities remain open on campus with the additional cleaning efforts.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.