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County investigates wave of Stanford illnesses

Forty-eight Stanford University students are recovering from a flu-like sickness, including four who were treated at a hospital for dehydration, a university spokeswoman said this morning.

The sick students, all residents of the Florence Moore Hall dormitory on campus, suffered symptoms including vomiting, university spokeswoman Lisa Lapin said.

The students started feeling sick on Wednesday, complaining of symptoms similar to the stomach flu, Lapin said.

No one yet knows what caused the students to become ill, and the university informed the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, which has launched an investigation, Lapin said.

"We reported it immediately," Lapin said. "The cause right now is unknown. There have been no hospitalizations."

Four students went to a hospital emergency room to be treated for dehydration but were then released, Lapin said.

The sick students are resting and drinking fluids while the illness passes, Lapin said.

The county health department will be testing fecal samples from the students to discover what pathogen might be responsible for the illness, Lapin said.

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Posted by Gunn Alumn Mom
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 31, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Sounds like gastroenteritis caused by Rotavirus or Norovirus.
Wash hands & all surfaces regularly!


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a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm

This sounds like an article from the Onion. Clearly a case of an overdose of C2H5OH. Duh.


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Posted by Update
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

it is now 51 students, all from the same dorm, and it IS norovirus!


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