Dozens of people have become ill with symptoms of gastrointestinal illness on the campus of the University of Regina since late last week. On February 29, Public Health authorities at the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region confirmed that cases tested thus far of gastrointestinal illness on campus are shown to be Norovirus. The case count as of Tuesday is 64.
The University will continue to work closely with Public Health officials to mitigate risks of the illness spreading further, and ask the campus community to minimize risks by washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, particularly prior to preparing food, before and after eating, and after using the washroom or changing diapers.
School officials also ask that those who are exhibiting symptoms stay home or in your residence room (do not attend classes, public events, etc.) for a
minimum of 48 hours after symptoms have cleared. If you need food or medical attention, please contact the on call Resident Attendant.
If you work in a food-serving establishment and are showing symptoms, stay home from your job for a minimum of 72 hours after symptoms have
As part of these special precautions, the University’s Fitness and Lifestyle Centre in the Kinesiology, Health & Sport Building (CKHS) will remain closed, at minimum, until March 4th.
The University’s housekeeping, custodial and food services staff will continue to take extra precautions around cleaning, including measures to disinfect high contact surfaces until further notice.
Although all on campus food providers remain open during their regular hours, some food items that present a higher risk of spreading Norovirus, such as those that are high contact foods (salad bar, self-serve buffet, etc.) will not be available at this time.
Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that often goes by other names, such as viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu, and food poisoning.
The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomach cramping. Sometimes people additionally have a low-grade fever, chills,headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness. The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick. In most people, the illness is self-limiting with symptoms lasting for about 1 or 2 days. In general, children experience more vomiting than adults do.
Norovirus is spread person to person particularly in crowded, closed places. Norovirus is typically spread through contaminated food and water, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then putting your hand or fingers in your mouth and close contact with someone who is vomiting or has diarrhea.
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