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About 200 Students Fall Ill With Stomach Bug At Ursinus College

Update Date: Feb 15, 2016 03:09 PM EST

Now why did 200 students at the liberal arts school, Ursinus College in Collegeville, Penn. suddenly fall ill? Nobody is certain, but one thing they did share was a meal at their school's dining hall, according to USA Today.

While 174 showed symptoms, including "intense and prolonged instances of vomiting" since Tuesday, the school shut down the dining hall and cancelled Friday classes. The symptoms looked like they had been triggered by Norovirus, though confirmations did not come in.

Some investigation into the reports on the campus has started with the Montgomery County Health Department officials roaming the campus.

"It is common at this time of year for gastrointestinal illnesses (GI), such as Norovirus, more commonly known as the stomach bug, to be circulating in the community, particularly in institutions like colleges and long-term care facilities where people are living in close quarters," the MCHD said in a release, Inquisitr reported.

The MCHD officials found a dozen violations, and five of them were at "risk violations." They included employees drinking from open cups even as they cooked, touching trash cans and their faces, and then touching food, and finding dead insects in storage areas.

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