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UW-Oshkosh continues to deal with norovirus

File photo. (WLUK/Gabrielle Mays)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- Norovirus continues to spread at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

According to an email sent to students Tuesday morning, 218 people self-reported norovirus-like symptoms over the previous 48 hours. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

Cases on campus were first reported last week.

University leaders say the illness can last as long as 48 hours, and people are still contagious for another 48 hours.

The university says the number of cases is "not alarming" and "within expectations" of a norovirus outbreak.

UW-Oshkosh officials recommend the following tips to prevent the spread of the illness:

  • Disinfect high-touch objects like your computer keyboard, telephone receiver, cellphone, etc. frequently.
  • Make sure all disinfectants explicitly state that they are effective against norovirus. Many disinfectants you get from the store are not effective against norovirus.
  • Disinfectants are available through residence life and custodial services.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer is not effective against the norovirus.
  • If you witness vomiting, call 424-3466 for clean up.
  • If you are ill with norovirus-like symptoms, stay home until your symptoms have completely resolved for 48 hours.

Those who have experienced symptoms are asked to fill out the university's norovirus self-reporting form.

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