Miami University officials report 200 cases of contagious virus on campus

Norovirus at Miami (VIDEO)

OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - Miami University officials say they are dealing with the highly contagious Norovirus around their Oxford campus.

Officials said 200 students are dealing with the sickness.

"I just know that a couple classmates of mine have gone down with it," said student Tucker Fox.

A university spokesperson says the outbreak started two weeks ago with five students showing the same symptoms.

"They do their best to keep control around here.  Viruses don't really break out too much around here, which is nice," Fox said.

The university has ordered some residence halls to be cleaned in hopes of stopping the contagious outbreak.

"I guess you really never know who has it.  Honestly, I'm definitely going to pay a little bit more attention and definitely don't want to get Norovirus," said student Myles Mazer.

Someone can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.

"It's extremely unpleasant. You've got nausea. You've got vomiting. You've got diarrhea. Sometimes you've got all three at one time," said Joyce Rice, with the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

Symptoms of Norovirus include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever.

Rice said it's no surprise there's an outbreak like this at a place like a college campus.

The university says they've alerted students, faculty and staff via email about the outbreak and how to prevent it.

Here are some tips from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to stay healthy:

  • Proper hand-washing
  • Wash fruits, vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly. If you are sick, do not prepare food or care for others.
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces
  • Wash laundry thoroughly

There is no treatment for Norovirus, but those who are ill should be sure to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

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