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Norovirus Numbers Increase At The University Of Rochester

Apr 15, 2016

Credit rochester.edu

The Norovirus numbers in a recent outbreak at the University of Rochester have increased.

University Health Service now reports that the total number of students from the River Campus and the Eastman School of Music showing symptoms of the virus over the last several days is 95.

That was as of Thursday. Most of the cases were at the River Campus, just three cases have been reported so far at the Eastman School of Music.

The annual 'Dandelion Day' is being held at the university on Friday, and officials implemented some changes because of the Norovirus, including disinfecting amusement rides, adding outdoor hand washing stations and offering mostly pre-packaged foods and beverages.

In an email to the university community, officials say that there has been a lot of work done to try and identify the source of the illness and they say there is absolutely no indication that it started with food or any of the dining facilities. The U of R is continuing to work with the Monroe County Health Department to try and identify a source.

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes gastro-intestinal problems such as diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. Symptoms last 1 to 3 days, and most people recover without treatment.