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It’s that time of year again: gastroenteritis (GI) has hit Emmanuel with its annual spring knockout, affecting the Jean Yawkey Student Dining Room and bathrooms around campus.
The campus has responded quickly, posting on the portal the following message:
This message is to address the concerns that have been raised about the recent cases of gastroenteritis in the community. The Boston Public Health Commission has noted a number of cases in Boston recently. Outbreaks of the virus are caused by the norovirus, a highly contagious virus that causes nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. If suffering from these symptoms, you should immediately report this to your Resident Assistant.
To further address the outbreak, black plastic plates and utensils have replaced the blue and yellow ceramic plates and metal silverware in the Jean Yawkey Student Dining Room. Empty wooden shelves mark where fresh fruit once was stored and the salad bar has been packed up and put away.
Signs were posted on the bathroom doors of the residence halls saying: “Please remember to wash your hands!!!” and “If you are not feeling well, please contact Health Services at 617-264-7678 during business hours.”
The administration has advised to be aware of the symptoms of GI, which include severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Symptoms typically begin 1-2 days after exposure and last 1-2 days for most people.