Norwalk virus hits 2nd Canadian campus

October 19, 2006

Officials at a Nova Scotia university resumed extra-curricular activities Wednesday following a Norwalk virus outbreak that sickened at least 25 students.

Reports of Norwalk-type symptoms surfaced at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, with students reporting diarrhea and vomiting, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Public health officials later confirmed the bug that swept across the campus was Norwalk, a virus with symptoms similar to those of stomach flu.

The illnesses followed on the heels of an outbreak at another Canadian university. More than 300 people became ill at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, last week, prompting university officials to cancel classes.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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