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UPDATED: March 1, 2013 5:46:01 PM EST

Campus Health Services and other healthcare facilities have continued to see students with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. To help identify the cause of these illnesses, laboratory tests have been sent to the state lab. In addition, Campus Health Services, in cooperation with the Orange County Health Department, has developed and distributed a survey to affected individuals to gather more information.

To keep healthy in the meantime, people should take the following preventive steps:

  • Wash 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 at all possible.
  • Wash and rinse fruits and vegetables carefully before consuming them.
  • 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.

Campus Health Services is open on the weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for students who need medical care. Students with questions can call Campus Health Services at (919) 966-6573 to speak directly with a registered nurse.

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