Norovirus confirmed as illness that closed Hope College
bay November 18, 2008, 4:54 PM
Tuesday November 18, 2008, 4:54 PM
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Tests of samples first provided the state were inconclusive, although
health officials identified the virus as "noro-like." New tests of samples sent to the
Michigan Department of Community Health confirmed the agent as norovirus, according to Dr. Paul Heidel,
On advice from the health department, college officials have been using strategies for treating norovirus since the first symptoms were identified when students came to the campus health center in droves on Nov. 6. The college was closed Nov. 7-11.
Health officials have confirmed 518 reported cases among students, faculty and staff, according to Dr. Heidel.
College officials said that since Nov. 14, they have received fewer than 20 reports, most of them from people no longer ill.
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