By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Monroe County Department of Public Health has determined norovirus  is likely responsible for recent illnesses on Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Henrietta campus.


The vast majority of cases were resolved within 24-36 hours without medical treatment. However, some RIT students did need care in the Student Health Center, and a few received care in a local emergency department.

In response, the school has increased deep cleaning and sanitization efforts on high-touch surfaces in residence halls, dining areas, restrooms, and other spaces across campus.

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Norovirus is a highly contagious group of viruses that cause symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. Individuals may also have low-grade fever, chills, headache, fatigue and muscle aches. A person usually develops symptoms 12 to 48 hours after being exposed to norovirus. Most people with norovirus illness get better within 1 to 3 days.

RIT health officials say if you are ill, please stay home and do not attend class or go to work. Remember to wash your hands often, stay in your residence when sick, and avoid preparing food for others.