COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – The United States Air Force Academy has not declared an outbreak right now, but the head of media relations for the academy reports that 400 cadets have had symptoms compatible with Norovirus since October.
11 News has a call to the El Paso County Public Health Department to see if other parts of the county are seeing an increase in Norovirus or influenza cases.
11 News reached out to Peterson Air Force Base and asked for information on cases there after several calls to our newsroom. A Peterson representative said they have a number of reported illnesses, but they don't feel there is a need to send out a warning.
The Academy sent the following information to 1
"About 400 cadets have had symptoms consistent with Norovirus, commonly known as" stomach flu, "as these cases began to appear in Cadet Wing at the end of October 1945.
To combat norovirus, increased cleaning is performed in common areas with means that are certified to eliminate the virus. Areas that were cleaned once or twice daily are now cleaned at least three times daily.
Cadets have been encouraged to practice good hygiene, including vigorous hand washing with soap and water for 20-30 seconds. Infected cadets have been placed on bed rest for at least 72 hours after symptoms have disappeared and removed for service by qualified medical personnel.
Based on a large number of cautions several major interconnection-type events have been planned.
Our cadets and support staff are our main We have acted swiftly with all appropriate intervention steps, in collaboration with our medical team, our cadre and leadership at all levels and the cadet wing leadership to help stop the spread.
Norovirus is highly contagious and causes vomiting and / or diarrhea in those infected. The primary way to cure is rest and consumption of lots of fluids, as the greatest danger to those with norovirus is dehydration.
The 10th Medical Group has been in coordination with Peterson Air Force Base, Fort Carson, El Paso County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment to provide updates on infection numbers and measures taken to mitigate the spread of norovirus. "