DANBURY – School officials said Western Connecticut State University was closed on Monday due to scores of students suffering from an unknown virus.
On Sunday evening, the school said that 100 students had fallen ill. The school announced on Friday that 40 students were suffering from symptoms similar to vomiting and diarrhea.
Dr. John B. Clark, President of WCSU, said in a statement:
Although we know of a limited number of affected students, based on our discussions with the Connecticut Department of Health, the Danbury Department of Health, Danbury Hospital, and WCSU English: We have decided that this is the best and most conservative way of protecting our university community from infection and the spread of the disease.
Spokesman Paul Steinmetz, the University collaborates with the Department of Public Health to find the source of the disease. E-mail messages were sent to inform students about the outbreak, and the school closed a cafeteria and several common areas for weekend cleaning.
The school said Sunday that they are safe, it is "not E-coli" and since Saturday no new cases have been reported. The music department of the school adjourned a concert because many orchestra members fell ill.
Students are asked not to share food and drink with others.
The school said students feel sick, suffering from vomiting, diarrhea or stomach pain Guidelines:
- Please, if possible, go home to limit the spread to others on campus.
- Drink a lot of fluids.
- Clean any surfaces contaminated with vomit or stool with a bleach solution. Clean contaminated clothing immediately. Students on campus should contact Housing and Residence Life staff as needed to help with room cleaning.
- If you are dehydrated, go to the nearest emergency room. (Signs of dehydration include dizziness, dry mouth, decreased urination, headache, muscle cramps, thirst.)
- You can return to campus two or three days after your recovery
- If you can not go home, stay Report your situation to your resident director and stay in touch with your family or others who are looking for you.
These tips can help you stay healthy:
- Use good hand hygiene and keep your fingers out
- Do not share food, drinks, cups, or utensils.
- Wash fruits and vegetables before eating.
- Clean the surfaces of your home frequently with bleach.