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Stomach virus sweeps through NCSU sorority, fraternity

Posted February 5, 2015

— More than 20 North Carolina State University students have been sickened this week by a suspected norovirus.

The students all live in Greek Village, south of Western Boulevard between Avent Ferry Road and Varsity Drive. The Alpha Delta Pi sorority was the hardest hit, and cleaning crews spent much of Wednesday and Thursday sanitizing the sorority house and the nearby Kappa Alpha fraternity house.

Public health officials are conducting tests to determine if norovirus is to blame for the illnesses. The highly contagious virus is spread through fecal-contaminated food and water and causes a few days of severe vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.

"We know there was a large gathering on Sunday night at the sorority house,"  N.C. State spokesman Brad Bohlander said. "We believe that might be a possible origin point. We are working with Wake County Public Health to collect samples from all the individuals and really try to figure out exactly what this illness is."

Students heading into the sorority house Thursday declined to discuss the illness, but others who live in Greek Village said they're being extremely cautious.

"I think it was pretty bad. It hit like at least half their house," Riley Vermilion said.

"I'm staying away from people," Dane Nelson said. "I don't want to, like, associate too much with them until this like passes over because I'm definitely not trying to get sick during exams."

Most of the students became ill Tuesday, and Bohlander said it appears the illness has been contained. Still, N.C. State sent emails and letters urging all students in Greek Village to exercise good hygiene.

University officials also sent wellness kits to the affected students that contain things such as electrolyte solution, and they told the students to frequently wash their hands, stay hydrated and isolate themselves until they're symptom-free for 24 hours.


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  • Kimberly Harvey Feb 8, 2015
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    You are showing your ignorance. I know exactly where you are going with that, but quit. Sigma Tau Delta is actually a prestigious International English Honor Society. Look it up. english.org

  • 50s Child Feb 6, 2015

    "comments you make on story comments you make to others.." - LardBucketFemale

    What does this mean?

    BTW, your ugly comment about blonde girls was taken down. You want to dish it out, but you can't take it.

  • 50s Child Feb 6, 2015

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    Ooh, I hit a nerve. I knew your "minute looks" had faded, not just the "hour looks".

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Feb 6, 2015

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    Go away, please. You're racist, sexist, illiterate, and ignorant in the most literal sense. I guess your opinion is yours but always remember what you were told about keeping quiet and making people wonder if you're a m oron versus opening your mouth and removing all doubt

  • Al Smith Feb 6, 2015
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    I'm sure the evil fraternity assaulted the sorority with this virus.

  • raleighboy524 Feb 6, 2015

    When I was in college, I used to party with the Sigma Tau Deltas. You've heard of the STDs, I'm sure.

  • Kimberly Harvey Feb 6, 2015
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    "The highly contagious virus is spread through fecal-contaminated food and water and causes a few days of severe vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps."

    Yes, this is true. But if one of the students came into contact with someone else who was already sick and got it from there, then BLAM...infection city. That's why it runs rampant through schools and daycares. These kids live together, sleep in close quarters, share everything. When such a nasty virus like this enters, they're all going to get it. Just like a family. Sorry, ladies. Already been there too. No, bueno.

  • Obamacare rides again Feb 6, 2015

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    I had to look this one up.

    A rumble in your tummy, usually following a night of drinking or a bad green chili burro or both.... that results in bloating, highly active and rambunctious sensation of bubbles and sour air biscuits that emulate dead or the slow rotting of your guts.

  • raleighboy524 Feb 6, 2015

    "The highly contagious virus is spread through fecal-contaminated food and water."

    Memo to self: Avoid brunch at the ADP/KA houses.

  • Bill Mooney Feb 6, 2015
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    They may have been testing Thom Tillis' free market hand washing theories.