UPDATE: Two Norovirus Cases Confirmed at Brown University
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Brown University have announced that the first two samples analyzed by the Rhode Island Department of Health have been confirmed as norovirus.
The university is looking into a recent increase in the number of students who are reporting gastrointestinal illness. Since March 17, 18 students have gone to the emergency room, one was admitted, and 49 students have contacted Health Service for medical advise or have been seen at Heath Service for gastrointestinal symptoms.
The university is working with the Rhode Island Department of Health "to report these illnesses, to determine a possible cause, and to obtain and follow their guidance to minimize further spread," according to Dr. Edward Wheeler, director of University Health Services, who sent a letter by e-mail to all students Wednesday morning, March 20, 2013. The university's Facilities Management Custodial Division is also providing "additional cleaning of surfaces to further prevent the spread of this viral illness."