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Norovirus Hits Students At George Washington University
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- George Washington University  has confirmed the norovirus has hit its student population, according to a GW health alert. 

Since Monday about 85 cases have been reported by the Student Health Service center.

Within the last 24 hours, the majority of the students visiting the health center had been afflicted with the illness. 

The norovirus is a virus that causes gastrointestinal illness. Symptoms include diarrhea, throwing up, nausea and stomach cramps. Victims of the illness may also suffer from mild fever, headaches and muscle aches.  

There is no single commonality among the cases, which have occurred among students living on the Foggy Bottom campus, Mount Vernon campus and off-campus, taking classes, studying and dining in many different locations.

No vaccine or cure is available for the illness. The campus health center recommends drinking lots of fluids to prevent severe dehydration.  Most people are expected to recover in a few days. However the elderly, young and those with previous medical conditions are more vulnerable. 

Students, staff and faculty are advised to take extra precautions by washing hands and disinfecting surfaces.  

The university is increasing cleaning of heavily used common areas, including the Marvin Center, Gelman Library and the Lerner Health and Wellness Center, to aid in this effort. Hand sanitizer also continues to be supplied at stands located in high-traffic areas.

Students are encouraged to call the clinical line at 202-994-6827, available during regular office hours and after-hours. 

The clinic advises those who suspect they have the virus, to call before visiting the clinic. 

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