In a follow-up to the gastrointestinal outbreak caused by the viral pathogen, norovirus, at the University of Rochester has grown to 141 cases since Apr.9.
Included in the 141 cases, 10 were from the Eastman School of Music and three at the School of Medicine and Dentistry.
School officials say that since Friday, the number of new norovirus cases being reported by students each day is in the single digits.
Both University Facilities and ServPro professionals are continuing their broad sanitization efforts until further notice and definitely throughout this week. Both units are using the special norovirus-killing cleaner Oxivir.
On Monday, replenishments of the hydrogen peroxide wipes were deployed to residence hall kitchens, lounges or lobbies. These wipes are for students to use to safely disinfect their rooms and belongings.
In Monroe County, health officials report there is “currently a fair amount of this virus circulating” in the county.
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.
Norovirus causes more than 20 million illnesses annually in the US, and it is the leading cause of gastroenteritis outbreaks in the United States.