Norovirus Triggers Shutdown at CWI Campus

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Officials at the College of Western Idaho are taking advantage of the long Presidents' Day holiday weekend to further decontaminate a building on its Ada County campus following a report of norovirus.

A CWI student told the college that he was diagnosed with norovirus symptoms sometime after he was in the building, triggering the college to shut down the building.

According to an alert posted on the CWI website, no one will be allowed to enter the Ada County Center until an "all clear" is issued. College officials anticipate the building to be back open when classes resume Tuesday, Feb. 19.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, norovirus is very contagious and can be spread from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or touching contaminated surfaces. The virus triggers stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea and can be very serious for some people, especially young children and older adults.