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    Posted: April 22 2018 at 2:01am

Official: About 40 WestConn students fall ill from unknown virus

By Tara O'Neill

Updated 11:09 pm, Friday, April 20, 2018
DANBURY — About 40 Western Connecticut State University students have fallen ill from what appears to be a virus, a statement released Friday evening said.

The students came down with symptoms Thursday and Friday, said Director of Community Relations and Public Affairs Paul Steinmetz.

“The symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea, but we haven’t identified the source of the illness,” Steinmetz said Friday. “We are working with the Department Public Health and the Danbury Health Department.”

Campus email messages have been sent out to all students and social media posts have been posted to inform students about the outbreak, Steinmetz said.

The school encourages any students exhibiting symptoms to see their primary care physician, visit an urgent care facility to a hospital emergency room. Steinmetz urges students to request tests to indicate if they’re ill from a virus.

“We are conducting a deep clean of our Westside campus, where the illnesses are concentrated,” Steinmetz said. This deep clean will include sanitation of all common areas. The Westside cafeteria and other common areas will be closed for cleaning for the weekend.

Extra buses will be provided to take students to the Midtown cafeteria throughout the weekend.

Students are reminded to properly wash their hands before handling or consuming food and not to share food or drinks with others. If a student vomits in their dorm room, they can contact housing and residential life staff to assist with cleaning.

The Connecticut Department of Health recommends students that experience the symptoms of this illness, and also work in day care centers, health care institutions or food service establishments, refrain from returning to work until 72 hours after their symptoms resolve.


Source:   https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Official-About-40-WestConn-students-fall-ill-12852686.php

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