Norovirus outbreak confirmed at University of Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health has confirmed norovirus as the cause of dozens of students' sickness at the University of Michigan. 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, norovirus is highly contagious and can easily spread from person to person. Both stool and vomit are contagious. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever. Close to 100 students sought treatment.

Dr. Robert Winfield, chief health officer, suggests students who develop symptoms to stay in their rooms until they are symptom-free for 48 hours.

Students in the residence halls should contact their hall director to arrange for food delivery and cleaning assistance. Students who are unable to attend class should contact their professors directly via email or phone.

Individuals may feel very sick for 24 to 72 hours. Most people improve within one to three days. If students are unable to keep liquids down for 24 hours, they should seek medical attention. Students who are able may want to go home to recover but should not use public transportation.