Norwalk virus hits 2nd Canadian campus

Oct 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

Explore further: WHO: 700 more Ebola cases emerge in only one week

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Genetic variants associated with vitamin B12

Sep 08, 2008

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and their collaborators at Tufts University and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have identified a common genetic influence on B12 vitamin levels in the blood, ...

Scientists see Norwalk virus' Achilles heel

Mar 19, 2008

Using the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, an international team led by University of Calgary researcher Ken Ng has determined the detailed structure of the enzyme the Norwalk virus uses to make copies of its genetic code ...

Vaccine for stomach flu may be possible, research shows

Feb 13, 2008

Every year, millions of people are infected with noroviruses - commonly called “stomach flu” – often resulting in up to 72 hours of vomiting and diarrhea. While most people recover in a few days, the symptoms can lead ...

Swim diapers may not keep pool water clean

Jul 10, 2007

Swimming is good, clean summer fun for small children—but University of Florida experts caution that swim diapers won’t necessarily keep the water clean, and that could spell trouble if sick kids go in the pool.

Recommended for you

Swatting chikungunya

2 hours ago

Summer days may be waning, but health officials are still on high alert for new cases of chikungunya, a painful mosquito-borne virus that spread to the United States from the tropics earlier this year. ...

Sierra Leone readies for controversial Ebola lockdown

2 hours ago

Sierra Leone prepared Thursday for an unprecedented three-day nationwide lockdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move which experts claimed could worsen the epidemic.

Nepal adopts jab to boost polio fight

3 hours ago

Nepal on Thursday launched a drive to eradicate polio by supplementing oral vaccines with an injection that experts say will boost children's immunity against the disease.

User comments : 0