Test results returned positive for Georgia College outbreak

MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Some Georgia College people tested positive for norovirus. North Central Health District received the test results from the Georgia Public Health Lab on February 12.

There are 127 reported cases associated with this outbreak.

North Central Health District’s Michael Hokanson says in a news release that epidemiologists have stopped collecting outbreak investigation surveys.

North Central Health District was notified of 13 gastrointestinal illnesses on February 6. Georgia College closed all campus dining facilities.  The health district then started an investigation.

Baldwin County Health Department Environmental Health Specialists investigated the matter using standard cluster investigation procedures. So far, public health determined that Georgia College could reopen dining facilities and conduct normal operations.

North Central Health District and Baldwin County Health Department will continue its investigation with Georgia College and the school’s Student Health Services.

Hokanson says that:
  • Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes diarrhea and vomiting
  • Anyone can get sick from norovirus and spreads easily from person to person
  • Symptoms usually appear 12 hours to two days after the initial exposure to the virus
  • Most people recover within one to three days
Prevent the spread of norovirus by:
  • Washing your hands with soap and running water before eating, preparing food, etc.
  • Making sure to handle and dispose of waste properly
  • Washing laundry thoroughly – soiled clothing or linens may be contaminated
  • Disinfecting surfaces that may be contaminated
  • Handling and preparing food safely
If you are ill:
  • Stay away from school, work or social activities
  • Wait at least 48 hours after symptoms disappear before returning to your normal schedule
  • Do not handle or prepare food for anyone but yourself
  • See your doctor if symptoms do not disappear within three days


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