Dear BC Student:

I am writing with an update regarding yesterday’s health alert. More than 80 BC students have come in to Health Services with gastrointestinal symptoms, including vomiting and diarrhea. All of these students indicated that they had eaten at the Chipotle restaurant in Cleveland Circle during the past weekend. We are testing for both E.coli and norovirus under the direction of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

For students who are symptomatic:

Gastrointestinal illnesses can cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Incubation for GI illnesses can occur within two and eight days. Nausea and vomiting typically last 24-48 hours, while diarrhea may last longer. Students who are symptomatic should drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, rest, and eat small meals.

In typical cases, most individuals do not need medical treatment and symptoms will improve on their own. Some may need anti-nausea medications to reduce vomiting or IV fluids if severely dehydrated. Please seek medical care if your symptoms worsen or if you are unable to keep fluids down. It is not recommended to use over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medicines, as these medications can make the symptoms last longer. Antibiotics are not recommended.

Preventative care for all members of the community:

Washing your hands is the most effective way to prevent spreading the illness. Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently throughout the day.

Classes and final exams:

Students who are symptomatic should communicate directly with their faculty about classes, assignments, and final exams, if needed.

Thank you for your help and concern for the community.

Dr. Thomas Nary, M.D.
Thomas I. Nary M.D.
Director, University Health Services & Sports Medicine

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