Lafayette College's health care director warns students about an infectious stomach virus and "significant influenza activity" on campus.
Director of Health Services Jeff Goldstein on Monday warned students at Easton College to maintain high hygiene and hygiene standards to stay at home if they are ill so they do not spread bacteria.
"Although the amount of sick students is not as high as it has been with similar outbreaks in the past, we expect to see increased activity of these viruses in the coming weeks," he said in a message sent to students. "Please take the necessary precautions to limit the spread of these infectious viruses."
Some classes and activities were canceled due to an outbreak of norovirus about three for more than 50 students became ill during a three-day period in March 201
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea, according to US Disease Control and Prevention Centers. Outbreaks are common.
Goldstein says the college has seen an increase in the number of students suffering from fever, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. He warned that the stomach virus is scattered when infected people divide food or touch surfaces without drying them down. He recommends the use of bleach or germicidal cloth on counters, door handles, computer keyboards and bathroom fixtures.
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Diseased students often wash hands with soap and water or with hand cleanser, although the CDC notes that hand cleaners are not as effective as washing hands with soap and water for the removal of norovirus particles. The college offers "girlfriends", so sick students do not have to go to the cafeteria. They can send a "flu-mate" to retrieve their execution targets.
Goldstein said sick students should not prepare food for three days after recovery. They may remain contagious during the period, even though they are symptom-free, he warns.
Lafayette College Vice Communications and Marketing Mark Eyerly said he would later provide information on the number of students infected with the flu or stomach virus.
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