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Wednesday, August 11, 2004
License To Ill

The Washington Post reported over 100 teenagers staying at the University of Maryland dorms got incredibly sick over the weekend, experiencing some of those stomach symptoms we all love to hate such as nausea, vomiting, and cramps. No, it wasn't a result of doing one too many ice luges at a Knox Box house party, but was in fact the notorious Norovirus, the same bug which has also plagued cruise ship passengers.

The students were at the University of Maryland attending a National Student Leadership Conference. Managers of the leadership group are following the guidance of the Prince George's County Health Department in managing the situation, and have been in contact with the parents of all the students.

"The key here is hand-washing," Corder said. He said infection can be prevented by washing hands after using the toilet; after having diarrhea or vomiting; after changing diapers or touching stool-soiled or vomit-soiled surfaces; and before handling food or drink.

Of course one is prone to run into almost everything listed above in your typical college dormitory... with my experiences at UMD I know I have. Another interesting thing to point out was that the students were there for a two-week program about medicine and health care, go figure.

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