127 Sick: Possible Norovirus At UW-Madison
MADISON - Ask what's bugging people at UW Madison these days and everyone agrees, it's a possible norovirus outbreak on campus.
Friday students were sent an email alert, warning them to take extra precautions to stop the spread of the disease.
The first reports of people getting sick were at Sellery Hall. Sixty-three out of 1,100 residents reported cases of vomiting and diarrhea.
This week, dozens more students are reportedly getting sick at sorority and fraternity houses.
Forty-three out of 53 women at the Delta Gamma Sorority are sick. So are 15 other members who live outside the house. And six men at the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity are also ill.
Dr. Sarah Van Orman, the Executive Director of University Health Services is asking students to take extra precautions, like frequent hand washing.
"And we're asking students to notify hall staff if there's vomit or something else that needs to be cleaned up," she said.
Health Services is still waiting on lab results to come back before they officially call this a Norovirus outbreak. In the meantime, they are doing everything they can to stop its spread.