Conestoga has received reports over the last few days from students and faculty members at the Cambridge campus regarding the onset of gastrointestinal symptoms consistent with Norovirus.
The cause of the illness has not been determined at this time; however, given the confirmed Norovirus outbreaks in the community, all students and staff are advised to follow vigilant health hygiene practices, including frequent and thorough handwashing.
Additional cleaning and sanitation measures have been implemented across the campus to help reduce the potential spread of infection.
Symptoms of Norovirus include the sudden onset of stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fever and body aches. Symptoms usually last for 24 to 60 hours.
If you are feeling ill:
- Stay home until you have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours.
- Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
- Wash your hands well using soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds before preparing food and after using the bathroom.
- Avoid preparing food for others.
More information about Norovirus is available on this factsheet prepared by the Region of Waterloo Public Health.
Further updates will be provided as they become available.