Emergency / Weather Alert
We believe that the occurrence of illness among students, manifested by vomiting and/or diarrhea, is trending down. Although the source of illness has not yet been pinpointed, the university has taken actions to stop further spread
Sanitation of common areas on both campuses will be completed by Sunday. The cafeteria on the Westside campus was closed and cleaned Saturday, with reopening set for Sunday. The Midtown cafeteria will be closed and cleaned Sunday. As an additional precaution the university threw out all the food in the Westside cafeteria on Friday.
The university is working closely with the state Department of Public Health and the Danbury Health Department and assisting those agencies in their own investigations. This outbreak is not believed to be connected with the national e-coli outbreak. Only two incidents of e-coli illness have been reported in Connecticut, and not in the Danbury region.
Any students who visit a doctor because of symptoms is asked to request tests, including an enteric bacterial stool culture and Norovirus testing. The WCSU Health Services hopes to speak to any student who became ill in order to identify the type of illness and potentially its source.
Students are also advised to be aware of proper hand washing before handling or consuming food, avoid sharing food or drink with others and drink plenty of water or Gatorade.
For students who are experiencing vomiting, diarrhea or stomach pain, follow these guidelines:
1. If possible, go home to limit spread to others on campus. 2. Drink plenty of fluids. 3. Clean all surfaces contaminated with vomit or stool with a bleach solution. Launder soiled clothes right away. Students who live on campus should contact Housing and Residence Life staff to assist with room cleaning if necessary. 4. If you become dehydrated, go to the nearest emergency department. (Signs of dehydration include dizziness, dry mouth, decreased urination, headache, muscle cramps, thirst.) 5. You may return to campus 2-3 days after you have recovered. These tips might help you stay well: 1. Use good hand hygiene and keep your fingers out of your mouth. 2. Don’t share food, drinks, cups, or utensils. 3. Wash fruits and vegetables before eating. 4. Clean surfaces in your living space frequently with bleach wipes.
The university will continue to send out further information as it becomes available.
Last updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 07:27 PM
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