Gastrointestinal bug sickens more than 100 at East Stroudsburg

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 15, 2015 11:12 AM

(East Stroudsburg) -- More than 100 students at an eastern Pennsylvania university have been stricken with what appears to be a gastrointestinal infection.

East Stroudsburg University says about 42 students sought treatment beginning last Tuesday night, and within two days that number had nearly tripled.

Pocono Medical Center spokesman Geoffrey Roche says the hospital saw 62 students between Wednesday and Thursday morning, admitting eight and sending the rest home after treatment.

Dr. Jeffrey Jahre of St. Luke's University Health Network says the most likely culprit is norovirus, the culprit in widely publicized outbreaks of gastroenteritis on cruise ships.

Self-service food stations in campus dining halls have been shut down, and the university is urging students to wash their hands frequently and disinfect common areas.

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