In a follow-up to a report last week, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (UW-Oshkosh) said a total of 140 people self-reported norovirus-like symptoms Sunday and Monday.


They follow by saying the number of cases is not cause for alarm. The University will not cancel classes or close campus due to a norovirus outbreak.

Custodial crews are working around the clock to disinfect campus buildings and protect students and staff against the spread of norovirus.

Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. The norovirus can last up to 48 hours, and individuals are still contagious for 48 hours after symptoms subside. The only way to prevent the spread of norovirus is through hand washing, disinfecting and staying home if you are ill:

  • Disinfect high-touch objects like your computer keyboard, telephone receiver, cellphone, etc. frequently.
  • Make sure all disinfectants explicitly state that they are effective against norovirus. Many disinfectants you get from the store ARE NOT effective against norovirus. 
  • Disinfectants are available through residence life and custodial services.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer IS NOT effective against the norovirus.

If you are ill with norovirus-like symptoms, stay home until your symptoms have completely resolved for 48 hours.