Norovirus-type outbreak at Oakland University

Several students at Oakland University are coming down with something and officials are now saying it may be the Norovirus.

"People were getting sick from salad bar in the cafeteria," said Freshman Kevin Hayes. "I'm still kind of nervous about it."

Recently more than a dozen students have gotten sick. Officials say they're hard at work trying to stop the illness from spreading.

"This week we noticed an up tick in complaints of vomiting and diarrhea and it appears to be norovirus-type illness," said Nancy Jansen, from Oakland University's Graham Health Center.

The Norovirus is often know as the stomach virus. In addition to vomiting and diarrhea you can also experience stomach cramping and have a low-grade fever. But Jansen says it's not just a problem at Oakland University.

"It's reported through the health department that there is an outbreak in southeast Michigan since January and specifically an up tick in Oakland County in the last few weeks, so I don't think this is an isolated incident," said Jansen.

Jansen wants any student or staff member suffering from symptoms to seek treatment. Officials are also monitoring how many students are getting sick.

"We have Survey Monkey that they can go to our website and self-report if they are sick," Jansen said.

The campus is being cleaned to help prevent the virus from spreading, but Jansen said students and staff also have to do their part to combat the illness.

Jansen said "washing your hands with soap and water thoroughly on a regular basis, but especially before you eat, is the most important thing in terms of preventing."

Students say not getting sick is top priority. 

"It's contagious and I really don't want it."
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