UNC officials: Three cases of Norovirus now confirmed

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UNC officials: Three cases of Norovirus now confirmed (WTVD)

UNC Campus Health officials confirmed Monday morning that test results have revealed there are now three cases of Norovirus.

University of North Carolina Campus Health had been treating a "number of students" for symptoms resembling Norovirus.

Last week, one of the cases was confirmed after a female student tested positive for the virus.

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The student was part of a sorority, where per Campus Health officials, ''approximately 30 or so' other students displayed symptoms; which include nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.

The first few days of the Greek system's sorority rush week were postponed by the university's Panhellenic Council as a precaution.

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Campus Health officials have sent a message to students alerting them of the Norovirus that reads in part:

Students with questions should contact Campus Health Services at (919) 966-6573 to speak directly with a registered nurse.

In the meantime, campus and local health officials encourage students, faculty and staff to be aware of the situation and to take the following steps to prevent illness:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm running water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food.
  • Alcohol-based sanitizers may not always be effective.

If you are sick or are around others who are sick:

  • Do not go to school or work or and stay in your residence hall or at home if at all possible.
  • Wash and rinse fruits and vegetables carefully before eating them.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces immediately after an episode of illness. First spray the area with a bleach-based disinfectant or diluted household bleach; then clean with the disinfectant wearing disposable gloves. Diluted bleach should be mixed with ratio of water and mixed daily.
  • Cleanup waste should be placed in a plastic bag that should be tied and placed in the trash receptacle.
  • Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens in hot water and detergent. They may be contaminated after an episode of illness.
  • Flush or discard any vomit and/or stool in the toilet and make sure that the surrounding area is kept clean and disinfected.
  • If you are ill, prevent dehydration by frequently sipping a non-alcoholic beverage.
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