COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – The American Air Force Academy has not announced an outbreak at this time, but the Academy's Media Relations director reports that from 400 cadets have symptoms compatible with Norovirus.
11 Messages call the El Paso County Public Health Department to see if other parts of the county are seeing an increase in cases of Norovirus or influenza.
11 News reached the Peterson Air Force Base asking for information on matters there after many phone calls to our newsroom. A representative of Peterson said that he has many reported diseases, but he does not feel the need to send alerts.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Academy sent the following information to 11 News:
"About 400 cadets had symptoms compatible with norovirus, commonly known as" gastric flu, "because these cases began to appear in the cadet wing in late October.
To combat norovirus, increased cleaning is carried out in common areas using certified agents to eliminate the virus. Areas that have been cleaned once or twice a day are now cleaned at least three times a day.
Cadets were encouraged to follow hygiene rules, including intensive hand washing with soap and water for 20-30 seconds. Infected cadets were placed on the bed at least 72 hours after the symptoms disappeared and were admitted to service by qualified medical personnel.
Due to extreme caution, several schedules for large meetings have been postponed.
Our cadets and support staff are our main concern. We acted quickly, taking all appropriate intervention measures, in cooperation with our medical team team, our staff and management at all levels and the management of the cadet wing to stop the spread.
Norovirus is very contagious and causes vomiting and / or diarrhea in infected people. The main treatment is to rest and drink plenty of fluids, because dehydration is the greatest risk for people with norovirus.
A tenth medical group coordinated the operations of the Peterson Air Force Air Base, Fort Carson, El Paso County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment to provide updates on the number of infections and measures taken to limit the spread of norovirus. "