Source: University of New Brunswick - Fredericton
NORWALK UPDATE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK IN FREDERICTON
October 25, 2006
The Student Health Centre at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton received confirmation today of one case of Norwalk-like virus.
"The case has been investigated and it appears that the student was exposed to the virus by a source from outside of the Atlantic region," said Jo Ann Majerovich, medical director of the Student Health Centre. "The student has recovered and is doing well."
The university is working with Public Health to closely monitor the situation.
The health and safety of all members of the university community is a priority. Since the incidence of the Norwalk-like virus was reported at Maritime universities last week, UNB Fredericton has focused on prevention and continues to do so.
All members of the university community have been reminded to continue to take precautions:
- wash hands frequently (use lots of soap and hot water); - avoid contact with people who are ill; - avoid sharing personal items such as water bottles, dishes, cutlery and cell phones; and - avoid shared surfaces such as door knobs and hand railings as much as possible.
"Norwalk-like viruses are one of several possible causes of gastroenteritis, the stomach flu," said Dr. Majerovich. "The stomach flu is a common illness."
While there is no specific medical treatment for gastroenteritis, Dr. Majerovich advises those who are sick to stay at home, keep well hydrated, and observe the precautions noted above.
Additional communications will be issued as necessary.
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