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Campus Bulletin

February 01, 2006

Viral Outbreak on Campus

U of G is working with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to contain a viral outbreak in student housing, notably South Residence. Symptoms of the gastrointestinal illness include severe nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea.

The illness usually lasts from 24 to 48 hours. People who have been ill are being asked not to go out in public until they are symptom-free for 48 hours.

Individuals with symptoms are advised to rest, avoid solid foods and drink small amounts of clear liquids such as water, tea, ginger ale and broth. More information is available on the Student Health website.

Good personal hygiene is important in any disease prevention, and people are urged to wash their hands regularly with soap and water or to use a hand sanitizer to help stop the spread of germs.

Staff in Student Housing and Student Health Services are working to support people who are ill, including making water and other fluids available. Visits to residence buildings are now being restricted to residents.

Community members who believe they are in need of medical attention should contact Student Health Services or their family physician.

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