University personnel at USC have stepped up efforts to stop a norovirus outbreak that has been moving through the dorms in recent days.
The number of students sickened by the virus in the seven days since the outbreak was reported was under 100, but that number could increase if sanitation and illness protocols are not followed, Fox 11 reported.
The norovirus is spread easily from person to person. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, fever, muscle aches and fatigue. The virus typically lasts about 48 hours.
USC students have been notified to take steps like handwashing before eating and after using the restroom, rinsing fruits and vegetables, using a chlorine bleach solution to clean computer keyboards and phones, and not having direct contact with those infected, according to Fox 11.
Sick students also were also encouraged not to go back to class until they've been symptom-free for 24 hours, according to CBS News.
An advisory was sent to students about the increase in norovirus infections on Oct. 27.
The health center at the university reported cases have dropped off since staff members have increased sanitation efforts and educated students about how the virus spreads. Changes such as requiring students to use hand sanitizer in public areas and not allowing students to serve themselves at the dining halls have seemed to help, one student reported to CBS.
Fox 11 listed additional measures taken by USC included wiping down all common surfaces every hour, wiping down fingerprint stations, and delivering a BRAT (banana, rice, applesauce, toast) meal to ill students in their dorms.
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