218 report norovirus symptoms at UW-Oshkosh

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh says in the past two days, 218 people have reported experiencing norovirus symptoms.

That's a sharp increase from the 40-some students reporting symptoms of the highly contagious stomach bug last week. At that time, campus officials said South Scott Hall was the hardest hit.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says symptoms may include nausea, stomach pain or abdominal cramps, vomiting or diarrhea. They can also be accompanied by a fever, headache and body aches.

The university sent a campus-wide email last Wednesday with instructions about how to prevent its spread, particularly frequent hand washing before and after eating and using the bathroom.

Custodial staff has been disinfecting the buildings on campus.

University officials are asking students who are sick to quarantine themselves, don't go to class, don't go to work, and don't go to the library.

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