Norovirus confirmed after 50 NY college students fall ill

CLINTON, N.Y. — Officials at a central New York college have confirmed that norovirus sickened over 50 students.

Hamilton College in Clinton said Wednesday that testing confirmed norovirus. The highly contagious bug causes diarrhea, nausea, muscle pain, vomiting and other symptoms.

College officials say dining halls, bathrooms and other common areas will be cleaned. The college is also providing disinfectant wipes for students and staff and urged frequent hand washing.

Health officials say norovirus can be transmitted through human contact and contaminated surfaces.

Associate Dean of Students for Health and Safety Jeffrey Landry says sick students should wait two days after their symptoms subside before returning to class.

On Monday, Western Connecticut State University closed two campuses for disinfecting after norovirus sickened about 100 students.