WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Norovirus Outbreak Affecting GWU

Students, faculty urged to take precautions against stomach illness

Play associated audio
An outbreak of norovirus has the George Washington University health center on alert.
An outbreak of norovirus has the George Washington University health center on alert.

George Washington University is confirming that norovirus is infecting many at the school. According to the school's Health Service and the D.C. Department of Health, approximately 85 cases of the gastrointestinal illness have been identified among GW students since Monday.

The cases have occurred among students living on the Foggy Bottom and Mt. Vernon campuses, as well as off campus. Symptoms of norovirus infection usually include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and stomach cramps.

Students, faculty and staff are being encouraged to frequently wash their hands and disinfect work surfaces. The university is thoroughly cleaning heavily used common areas.

GW student Julie Alderman says the university has urged students to take the obvious precautions. 

"Just to keep up with personal hygiene, wash your hands all the time, if you're sick, don't go to class, just stay in your room," Alderman says. "Basically, stuff you learned in 4th grade health."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, norovirus is passed through close contact with an infected person; by eating contaminated food or by touching a contaminated surface.

The university at this point has not been able to pinpoint the source of the outbreak.

WAMU 88.5

Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.


The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
WAMU 88.5

What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.


Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.