TORONTO, ONTARIO - Toronto Public Health (TPH) has received laboratory results that confirm norovirus was the cause of student illness at Humber College’s North Campus. Additional laboratory testing is underway from other ill students that will help provide further evidence of norovirus being the cause of this outbreak.
Norovirus is a highly contagious infection and is a common cause of vomiting and diarrhea each winter.
Humber College continues to work with TPH and rigorously clean and disinfect the campus with special focus on common areas and high touch surfaces/areas including bathrooms and food establishments.
As well, self-serve food, such as salad bar items, has been suspended, and all open food (i.e. food not packaged or sealed) from last week has been disposed of. All campus food establishments, including the Humber hospitality program cooking labs, were inspected earlier this morning and no significant violations were observed.
We strongly encourage the Humber North Campus community to follow vigilant hand hygiene practices, including:
Washing hands with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds
Using hand sanitizer when available, rubbing one pump into hands until hands are dry
The majority of students who have been ill have reported that they are now feeling better. This is consistent with norovirus infection, which tends to last for one to three days. Students and staff are advised not to return to campus until they have been symptom free for 48 hours.
Individuals who are ill should stay home and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. They should avoid preparing food for others and wash their hands well before preparing food and after using the bathroom. Once they are well again, they should clean their environment well with a bleach solution. Cleaning protocols are in place to provide cleaning for students in residence.
For more information on norovirus, please see this fact sheet from Toronto Public Health.
Any further updates will be available on humber.ca.
About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions. Committed to student success through excellence in teaching and learning, Humber serves 29,800 full-time students and 23,000 continuing education registrants. With an internationally recognized reputation for quality learning, Humber offers a wide-range of career-focused opportunities for students to personalize their educational path, including 180 full-time programs across more than 40 fields of study, 200 part-time and 60 online programs or courses. More than four out of five of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca
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