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To: C.W. Post Campus Community
From: Dr. Paul Forestell, Provost, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University
Date: January 21, 2011
Re: Health Advisory Update

Over the past few days, a number of students have reported symptoms of nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Some have sought medical attention at local hospitals, the C.W. Post Student Health and Counseling Center or have seen their own doctors. At this time, we are experiencing a decline in the number of students exhibiting viral symptoms. As we continue to work with the Nassau County Department of Health (NCDOH), as well as take measures to ensure that we maintain the health and safety of our campus community, all classes and events are proceeding as scheduled.

The gastrointestinal symptoms being exhibited are similar to other cases occurring in the Nassau and Suffolk County areas. Initial medical impressions are that the virus may be a Norwalk-like virus. The incubation for this type of stomach virus is one to four days. The illness generally lasts for 24 to 48 hours.

The Student Health and Counseling Center would like to remind students, faculty and staff of everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs. If you are experiencing symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting and nausea, please remain at home and see your doctor. Residential students should contact the Student Health and Counseling Center at 516-299-2345 to arrange to be seen by our medical staff. We encourage you to wash your hands often with soap and water, clean any contaminated surfaces, and drink clear fluids. More preventive measures can be found on our web site at www.liu.edu/CWPost/StudentLife/Services/SHCC/Health-Advisory.

Expanded Infirmary Hours

C.W. Post has expanded its Student Health and Counseling Center hours during the weekend. The infirmary will be open on Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 154 of the Pell Hall/Life Science Building. The C.W. Post Emergency Medical Service also is available.

Prevention Measures

The Facilities Services team continues to rigorously follow the Nassau County Department of Health guidelines, which include the cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms, common areas, bathrooms, locker rooms, recreational equipment and residence halls.

Emergency Information

Medical-related calls can be referred to the Student Health and Counseling Center at 516-299-2345. After regular business hours, students, faculty and staff who are on campus may call Public Safety at 516-299-2222.

The Nassau County Department of Health advises that it will take 10 to 14 days to complete their tests and identify the illness. The University will administer a confidential electronic survey to students, faculty and staff who reported having symptoms of the illness to assist the NCDOH in the determination of the possible cause of the illness.

Please be assured that C.W. Post is continuing to work with the Nassau County Department of Health to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.

Posted: 1-21-11 3:14 p.m.

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Message from the STUDENT HEALTH AND COUNSELING CENTER
C.W. POST CAMPUS OF LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY

Stomach Virus Information

Beginning January 19, a small number of students at our campus have been experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms similar to other cases occurring in the Nassau and Suffolk County areas. Initial medical impressions are that the virus may be a Norwalk-like virus. The incubation for this type of stomach virus is 1-4 days. The illness generally lasts for 24-48 hours. Persons of all ages are affected because previous infection confers only short-term immunity.

If You Are Experiencing Symptoms of Diarrhea, Vomiting and Nausea Please Follow These Recommendations:

  1. Students, faculty and staff who become ill are advised to stay home and see their doctors.
  2. Residential students should contact the Student Health and Counseling Center at 516-299-2345 to arrange to be seen by our medical staff. If you are unable to go home to recover please utilize the “buddy system” and assist your friends who are unable to get food and beverages from the cafeteria to their rooms.
  3. Vomiting does not cause dehydration, diarrhea does. Diarrhea is very contagious…wash your hands frequently.
  4. Don’t drink anything for about 1 hour after last episode of vomiting, as this may cause you to vomit again.
  5. No Chugging, drink only small sips of clear non-carbonated room temperature fluids.
  6. Drink lots of clear fluids: Gatorade, Ginger Ale (no fizz), apple juice, chicken broth. Avoid Alcoholic Beverages.
  7. Avoid sharing food or beverages and restrict direct physical contact with others to avoid passing on the illness.
  8. If you develop diarrhea or vomiting, self-isolate and visit the Student Health and Counseling Center. Do not go to class.
  9. Be careful what you touch. If you are the caretaker or roommate of an ill person… doorknobs, pens, keyboards, water bottles may pass the illness. Use protective barriers, tissues will do.
  10. Resume eating cautiously, with food that does not usually cause you to have problems.
  11. Visit Student Health and Counseling Center for prolonged symptoms.
  12. Get plenty of rest!

IF YOU ARE TAKING SPECIAL CHRONIC MEDICATION OR HAVE HAD A SERIOUS ILLNESS IN THE PAST CONTACT THE STUDENT HEALTH and COUNSELING SERVICE AT THE FIRST SIGN OF ANY STOMACH DISTRESS DURING OFFICE HOURS. (CONTACT C.W. POST EMS at 516-299-2222 AFTER OFFICE HOURS.)

C.W. Post will continue to follow the guidelines of the Nassau County Department of Health as they are revised and updated. As more information becomes available, we will keep you informed. This information was compiled by the Student Health and Counseling Center (516-299-2345).

Posted: 1-20-11 5:15 p.m.

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To: C.W. Post Campus Community
From: Dr. Paul Forestell, Provost
Date: January 20, 2011
Re: Health Advisory Update

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

C.W. Post is supporting the efforts of the Nassau County Department of Health (“NCDOH”) to conduct an environmental investigation into the cause of adverse gastrointestinal symptoms recently experienced by a small number of our student population.

In furtherance of this effort, the NCDOH may be contacting various students and staff on campus. The purpose of their visit will be to gather information to help determine the source of the gastrointestinal illnesses.

To ensure the continued safety of our campus environment, I encourage you to cooperate fully with the NCDOH staff, and to provide them with the data they may request. Please be assured that all personal information provided to the County Health Department is considered confidential and will be protected from public disclosure by New York State’s Public Health Law.

For further updates, see the "Health Advisory" link on the C.W. Post Student Health and Counseling web site at www.liu.edu/CWPost/StudentLife/Services/SHCC.aspx.

Posted: 1-20-11 3:54 p.m.

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Statement from C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University

To: C.W. Post Campus Community
From: Dr. Paul Forestell, Provost
Date: January 20, 2011
Re: Health Advisory

Over the last 24 hours, we have received reports of approximately 20 students showing symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting. There does not appear to be any common dining experience related to this. We are working with Nassau County Emergency Medical Services, the Nassau County Department of Health, local hospitals and our own medical staff to determine the best course of action to ensure the safety and health of our students. Students, faculty and staff experiencing illness in the form of diarrhea and vomiting, may go to the C.W. Post Student Health and Counseling Office in Room 154, Pell Hall/Life Science where additional medical personnel are available. Students, faculty and staff may also consult their own doctors. Students visiting the hospital are being treated and released. To provide further information on the status of the incident, we have set up a call center at 516-299-2020 that will go active at 12 noon today, January 20. The symptoms being exhibited are similar to stomach viruses that have been reported throughout the county over the past few weeks. Any calls from the media should be referred to 516-299-2332 (Public Relations). Any medical-related calls may be referred to 516-299-2020 or 516-299-2345. It is not anticipated that this situation will impact our normal operating schedule.

We will continue to post updates on our Web site.

Posted: 1-20-11 9:58 a.m.