This article originally appeared in The News Virginian on December 12, 2018.
Fishburne Military School (FMS) has had a recent outbreak of norovirus. According to Chris Richmond, the military school’s communications director, the ailment was likely contracted by cadets or several cadets over the Thanksgiving break.
Commonly referred to as “food poisoning,” norovirus often causes diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), outbreaks of norovirus “occur most often from November to April.”
“There’s a roughly three to four day incubation period before you start showing symptoms,” said Richmond. “It started about four days after they came back from Thanksgiving break.”
Richmond praised the school’s nursing staff as “terrific,” and said that they “were all over it.”
Several events, including sports games and the “Wreaths Across America” ceremony that was to be held Dec. 11 were cancelled at the request of the medical staff. Richmond said that this illness has mostly passed. As of yesterday, there were only two cadets left on bed rest.
FMS has taken extra precautions as a result of the virus, and stressed to cadets the importance of routine hygiene practices like washing their hands.
The CDC recommends staying home and avoiding food preparation for others for two days after symptoms of the illness cease.