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Mass. college cancels classes, sports after 'miserable' virus s...

There are 5 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 28, 2009, titled Mass. college cancels classes, sports after 'miserable' virus s.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A Massachusetts college is shutting down for several days after 100 students and staff were sickened by a virus that causes a type of stomach flu.

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Doctor

Blair, NE

#1 Mar 28, 2009
Did you mean Norwalk virus?
Humanist

Stillwater, MN

#2 Mar 28, 2009
Apparently. The CDC has recently approved "norovirus" as the official term for the genus of Norwalk-like viruses (NLV). See

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/gastro/no...
parent

Lisle, IL

#3 Mar 28, 2009
I think we are getting hit with this here in Chicago. My little guy has the stomach flu and we had to take him to emergency last night because he wouldnt stop throwing up. The doctor in the ER said they had several children come in last night with the same symptoms.
Humanist

Stillwater, MN

#4 Mar 28, 2009
parent wrote:
I think we are getting hit with this here in Chicago. My little guy has the stomach flu and we had to take him to emergency last night because he wouldnt stop throwing up. The doctor in the ER said they had several children come in last night with the same symptoms.
Hope your youngster is feeling better. Recognize, though, that if he is suffering from a norovirus he is likely to remain contagious for some days following his apparent recovery. These viruses are highly contagious and no vaccine exists. To help prevent their spread, see the Q&A in the link in post #2 which points out the importance of hand sanitation and household cleaning with bleach-based cleaners.
USC Student

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Mar 29, 2009
We had a similar virus here last semester. It's apparently some kind of norovirus, highly contagious. It tends to spread through dorms and dining halls.

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