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The University of Oregon (UO) University Health Center report on their website–Gastroenteritis symptoms have surfaced in the UO community, without much more detail.

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A KEZI. com report Friday notes that the Lane County Health Department says there could be up to 20 cases of Gastrointestinal illness and that they are looking into cases at four unknown fraternity houses. The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Although the etiology of the illness has yet to be determined, health officials have to consider, based on symptoms, norovirus.

Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that often goes by other names, such as viral gastroenteritisstomach 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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