Public Health Message to Students : Recent Stomach Flu on Campus

Since late Monday February 2, 2015, a number of students reported having several gastrointestinal illness demonstrating stomach flu-like symptoms. This has not been diagnosed as norovirus however the University is taking every precaution to contain the spread. At present, approximately 20 Greek students in two separate houses close to one another have exhibited symptoms and several of those have been seen and treated at various medical facilities. There has been no indication of ill students related to this incidence outside of those two houses. Further testing is being conducted through the Wake County Health Department to determine the nature of the illness.

What are we doing about this?

  • Affected students have been informed on precautions to take in the event someone becomes ill.
  • As it seems this illness is highly contagious, we are asking that all students exhibiting gastrointestinal issues stay in their residences in an effort to not spread any potential virus.
  • Student Health is actively working with Greek Life to contact all of the sick students as a follow-up
  • Faculty of the students who are ill have been notified
  • To care for students exhibiting the illness, Dining is providing Get-Well Meal Kits to those staying in the sorority and fraternity houses.
  • University Housekeeping and Facility Operations have been providing thorough cleanings each day and will continue to do so daily until the illness passes.
  • Student Health is actively working with the Wake County Health department to determine the nature of the illness

With gastrointestinal illness, the most important way to stop the spread is to practice good hand washing and hand hygiene. If you are exhibiting symptoms and feel ill, you should carefully wash your hands after any bathroom visit. If you are ill, you should not prepare food for or serve food to others. It is also important to get adequate rest and good fluid hydration, both when ill and when trying not to become ill.

If a student becomes ill and needs medical care during normal business hours, they should call Student Health Services (919-515-2563) or their personal healthcare provider. If they experience severe symptoms after hours, they should call 911 or visit their medical provider.

Wood Wellness Village Accepting Applications

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Interested in Wood Wellness Village for the 2015-2016 Academic Year?
• Live in a community that supports a healthy, balanced life
• Develop friendships in a positive environment
• Participate in high impact programming, such as whitewater rafting, trips to the trampoline park, access to dietitians, personal trainers, and more!
• Reserved space in HES 295 and Wood Hall

Apply by January 20th by contacting Amanda Kammer, Community Director aegroves@ncsu.edu for more information.

For more information, check out these sites:
http://housing.ncsu.edu/wood-wellness-village
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/woodwellness
Twitter: @WoodWellness
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Massage Therapy Now Available

Come relax with us! Massages for students, faculty and staff are offered by appointment Tuesdays & Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with licensed massage therapists.  Please call 919-513-3260 for details and to schedule your appointment today.  Sessions are 25 or 50 minutes and packages are available.  

More information available here: Therapeutic Massage at NC State

Alison Maskell

Alison, a Licensed Physical Therapist, joined the NC State Student Health Center team in 2013.  She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (2003) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (2006) from East Tennessee State University.  In 2011, she completed an orthopaedic residency with Evidence In Motion.  Alison has experience working in research, home health, skilled nursing facilities and acute care.  Her primary area of interest is orthopaedics.

In addition to orthopedic patients, Alison will now also treat women with pelvic floor dysfunction. Some common diagnoses she will treat include: pelvic pain, vaginismus, vulvodynia, and urinary incontinence.