MCHD investigates outbreak of stomach illness at Ursinus College

Norristown, Pa. (WTXF) The Montgomery County Health Department is currently investigating an outbreak of gastro-intestinal illness associated with students from Ursinus College.

According to the MCHD, a number of students at Ursinus College became ill with symptoms including diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, and a number of students went to the hospital or to urgent care centers for treatment. The Montgomery County Health Department has asked local health care providers evaluating students to conduct testing immediately.

As of now, Ursinus College is aware of 88 students who have become ill, 22 of whom have sought treatment at local hospitals and urgent care centers.

“I encourage any students or staff experiencing symptoms including diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain to be particularly careful about dehydration and to seek medical care,” said Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Interim Medical Director of the Montgomery County Health Department.

It is unknown at this time whether the illness is food-borne or transmitted by person-to-person contact.

The MCHD says they are currently interviewing students and employees and looking at all possible sources of infection and looking for any commonalities.

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