Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.
The virus causes your stomach or intestines, or both, to become inflamed. This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up. These symptoms can be serious for some people, especially young children and older adults.
Medical staff at Denison University will continue to screen students who seek medical care for the illness in an attempt to determine a common source of infection.
It is important to note that Norovirus can be easily spread from person to person living in close proximity. Therefore, it is recommended the Denison students living in close quarters follow proper sanitation and personal hygienic practices to assist in the stop of the spread of the virus. Especially, please wash your hands — frequently!
Denison University staff are working to put out information about proper sanitation and personal hygienic practices to assist in the stop of the spread of the virus in the resident halls. Additionally, the Licking County Health Department is supplying food workers at Denison University with information about proper food handling as a precaution.