A stomach bug is plaguing Plattsburgh State students.
According to staff members at the Student Health Center, they are seeing more cases of gastroenteritis than usual. It is caused by a common virus known as norovirus that can happen any time of year. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Dr. Kathleen Camelo of SUNY Plattsburgh says the virus is very contagious and spreads quickly in close quarters, like senior living facilities, cruise ships and student dorms. Students are advised to wash their hands with soap and water, and not just use hand sanitizer.
"We have packs that we make for them with over the counter medicines they can take such as Dramamine for nausea, and some medication for diarrhea, and patient information. So they can come down and pick those up. Or better, their friends can deliver it to them," Camelo said.
Symptoms of the virus occur one to two days after exposure and can last up to three days.
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