Officials at MIT Medical report that the norovirus outbreak on campus has abated. “I believe it is over,” says Associate Medical Director Howard Heller. Only one student visited Urgent Care with gastroenteritis symptoms over the weekend, Heller notes. “That patient’s symptoms began on April 8, and since the incubation period for this virus is 24–48 hours, the good weekend is promising.”
MIT Medical’s Urgent Care Service saw 22 students in all, Heller adds, “though no doubt there were other ill students we did not hear about.” Final analysis of those 22 cases failed to show any link to a particular dorm or dining hall, he says, “We had 17 cases from nine different dorms and five in students living off campus.”
Heller advises that students continue to pay extra attention to good hygiene, in particular, frequent and consistent hand-washing with soap and water, which has been shown to be more effective against norovirus than alcohol-based hand sanitizers.