Viral Outbreak at UoG
Friday, February 3, 200631 Comments
As of Friday, January 27, 2006, students at the University of Guelph have been attacked by a virus affecting the gastrointestinal system. Students, mostly in South residence, are experiencing symptoms including nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhoea. Currently, there is an estimated 180 students who are affected by this gastrointestinal illness.
The university is working closely with the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health unit. Students who are experiencing the symptoms have been advised not to leave their residence for 24 to 48 hours. Additionally, South residence is currently restricted only to residents. Guests and other students are not permitted to enter the building until the matter is resolved and the virus stops spreading.
Health units are advising students with the symptoms to rest, drink liquids to keep hydrated and to avoid eating solid foods. All individuals are recommended to wash their hands and take measures to stop spreading germs to prevent further diseases.
“I am very impressed by how quickly the university and the local health department responded in taking appropriate steps in dealing with the virus outbreak in such a large population,” said C.J. an employee of the university.
“My friend couldn’t get out of bed or move and had to ask security services to drive her from south to student health services,” said another resident in south who wanted to remain anonymous. Many students in South have been leaving throughout the week to go home early to avoid falling ill.
Student Housing Services and Student Health Services are providing water and other fluids to students. Students and individuals who think they might be experiencing any symptoms should contact a clinic on or off campus immediately.
Community members who believe they are in need of medical attention should contact Student Health Services x52131 or their family physician.