Duke hit by norovirus

February 20, 2012 1:10:34 PM PST
The norovirus outbreak hitting much of North Carolina over the past few weeks has apparently spread to the Duke campus.

In a message to students, Dean of Students Dr. William Purdy said several cases have been reported amongst school employees and students.

He urged the campus to wash hands and take other steps to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus.

A norovirus infection is usually characterized by acute vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and some stomach cramping for a period of one to three days.

Health officials say it's difficult to kill the virus with normal cleaning and disinfecting procedures. They recommend using a diluted bleach solution or a bleach-based household cleaner to clean infected surfaces.

For more information about norovirus, see the Division of Public Health Web site at www.ncpublichealth.com. More detailed information about cleanup in private homes and in other settings can be found at http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/norovirus/NORO_personal_health.pdf

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