A total of 130 students, faculty and staff members on campus of Georgetown University have reported possible norovirus symptoms over the last week, it was announced on Monday.
“We continue to work with DC Health and follow its recommendations,” said a statement from the university. “We have more than 24 staff dedicated full-time to cleaning high-touch surfaces in residence halls, dining areas and other spaces across campus. Support services for residential students continue.”
Last week, Georgetown notified the school community that there were around 90 students showing symptoms that could be consistent with norovirus and 15 of them were hospitalized.
The university has been investigating the cases since September 21. First several tests revealed the outbreak was caused by norovirus, which is a contagious gastrointestinal illness.
The university is encouraging students and members of the community to keep themselves well hydrated and wash their hands frequently, using soap and water. If they are feeling sick, they should stay home, avoid social gatherings, and should not attend class or arrive for work.
Those experiencing symptoms such as dizziness or intense stomach pain are asked to contact Student Health or a doctor immediately. They should also limit their exposure with others for 48 hours after the end of their symptoms.
Norovirus can spread from person to person “if you eat food or drink liquids that are contaminated with the norovirus, touch surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then put your fingers in your mouth, or have direct contact with someone who is infected with norovirus,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).