Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Norovirus May Have Left More Than 200 College Students Sick

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Norovirus May Have Left More Than 200 College Students Sick

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About 200 affected by illness at college

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Toronto Public Health says norovirus may be the cause of an outbreak that has affected more than 200 students at a city college, but the agency is waiting for laboratory confirmation.

Dr. Michael Finkelstein, an associate medical officer of health at the agency, says the illness was first reported to public health on Friday, after 40 people at a Humber College campus were sent to hospital.

He says that so far, 50 people have been sent to hospital, but only one person has been admitted for treatment of dehydration. The rest were examined in the emergency room and then released.

Most of those affected live in the college's north campus residence, which houses about 1,000 students.

Finkelstein says those affected by the illness experienced symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness and abdominal pain, which are consistent with norovirus.

He says norovirus is highly contagious, causes severe symptoms quickly, but it also goes away very quickly. …

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