On the eve of Cal Poly’s spring commencement ceremonies, at least one student has contracted norovirus and more than a dozen others have experienced symptoms of the illness, according to the university.
Cal Poly issued a news release Thursday informing campus community members that several students reported to health officials this week that they have experienced vomiting and diarrhea, commonly associated with norovirus.
“Campus health officials are currently working with county health officials to determine the exact cause of the illness,” Cal Poly medical director Aaron Baker said in the release.
Media relations director Matt Lazier confirmed after the release went out that campus officials “received word that one of the students referenced in the note had been confirmed to have norovirus.”
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With graduation ceremonies scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, campus visitors are encouraged to wash their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom and before eating, preparing or handling food.
Soap and water is more effective than hand sanitizer in preventing the spread of disease, according to health officials.
Anyone exhibiting norovirus symptoms — vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps — should stay home, rest and drink plenty of liquids. The release also said antibiotics may not help treat the illness and could make some symptoms worse.
Officials at the San Luis Obispo County Health Department could not immediately be reached Friday afternoon.