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Nausea, Vomiting, and Diarrhea
September 5, 2017

Increased numbers of students reported nausea, vomiting and diarrhea last week.  We will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Continue to protect yourself and lessen the chances of getting sick by:

  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and warm running water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food.
  • Alcohol-based sanitizers may not always be effective.

If you are sick or are around others who are sick:

  • Do not go to work or school and stay at home. If you are sick and suspect you may have norovirus, stay home for 48 hours after symptoms have resolved before returning to normal activities.
  • Wash and rinse fruits and vegetables carefully before consuming them.
  • If you are sick, do not prepare food or care for others.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces immediately after an episode of illness. First spray the area with a bleach-based disinfectant or diluted household bleach; then clean with the disinfectant wearing disposable gloves. Diluted bleach should be mixed with 1:10 water and mixed daily.
  • Cleanup waste should be placed in a plastic bag, which should be tied and placed in the trash receptacle.
  • Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens in hot water and detergent. They may be contaminated after an episode of illness.
  • Flush or discard any vomitus and/or stool in the toilet and make sure that the surrounding area is kept clean and disinfected.
  • If you are ill, prevent dehydration by frequently sipping a non-alcoholic beverage.

For more information about gastroenteritis: https://campushealth.unc.edu/health-topics/medical-conditions/gastroenteritis-nausea-vomiting-diarrhea

Students with questions should contact Campus Health Services at (919) 966-6573 to speak directly with a registered nurse.

 

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