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Suspected Norovirus Outbreak Hits University of Michigan

February 18, 2016 << Back to News

A possible norovirus outbreak has been reported at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

University health officials report that more than 80 students have contracted a gastrointestinal illness in the past week, including 25 cases that required hospitalization. The illnesses have been concentrated in two of the university’s dorms.

School officials have advised any students who become ill to self-quarantine themselves in their dorm rooms. Results of norovirus testing should be available later this week, reports The Michigan Daily.

The outbreak also impacted the Big Ten Conference’s Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship, which the university hosts this week. Several members of the University of Michigan’s swim team have been stricken with the gastrointestinal illness. As a precautionary measure, Big Ten officials delayed the start of the championship so maintenance crews could perform a deep cleaning of the university’s pools and aquatic center.