Students vomiting all over South and West Quad. Amazingly, alcohol not involved

Submitted by The Mad Hatter on February 18th, 2016 at 8:29 AM

Apparently there's a norovirus outbreak going on in South Quad and West Quad.  The source of the outbreak is unknown.  

So unless it's absolutely necessary, stay the hell out of there.  Norovirus ranks pretty high on the "things that make you feel like you're dying" list.



February 18th, 2016 at 10:28 AM ^

Ah...the infamous periscope effect after you are afflicted with norovirus.  You look down your throat and see out your ass.

Hope it leaves town in a hurry.  It is not a fun virus to endure.  On top of that, there are a fair number of influenza cases in Ann Arbor.


February 18th, 2016 at 9:59 AM ^

I got norovirus last winter.  For the first week... I literally did not go any longer than 30 minutes straight without shitting or vomitting, or often times both.  After about two weeks I lost 20 pounds.

I was a student at UM back around 2000... I know SQ and WQ well.... there aren't enough toilets in those halls.

Thoughts and prayers (I actually mean it this time)

The Oracle

February 18th, 2016 at 1:01 PM ^

I knew a guy who once shat and puked at the same time, while sitting on the toilet. He then fell off the toilet, hit his head on the sink and knocked himself unconscious. I love that story so much I almost wish I had done it.

Naked Bootlegger

February 18th, 2016 at 8:35 AM ^

Norovirus is the one time that I honestly felt I was going to die.  I "slept" on the bathroom floor - was too weak to get myself to a bed.  Cramps so bad for hours at a time.   Stuff coming out of both ends for hours at a time.   It was merciless.   

I'm feeling for ya, students.   

CRISPed in the DIAG

February 18th, 2016 at 8:47 AM ^

Norovirus survivor myself.  Ten years ago. Kids brought it home from elementary school.  We experienced a month of nastiness as it went through each one of us.  Bring a pillow and a blanket into the bathroom and try to aim straight.  Force feed yourself fluids (G2 is my fav). Enjoy the visions and weightloss.


February 18th, 2016 at 8:49 AM ^

Channel 7 ran with the Norovirus outbreak as their second or third story this morning, complete with interviews of students who were talking about some of the precautions like food service now occuring behind glass and so forth to prevent, oh, aerosolized vomit from getting onto food and making things that much worse. 

I've had it, as have others here apparently. Even though it runs for only a couple days, I wouldn't wish those couple days on anyone. It's an....experience. I'll put it politely.


February 18th, 2016 at 8:59 AM ^

Can confirm this. Have had to take a friend to urgent care. I'd estimate a few hundred sick.


Nobody will eat in South Quad anymore (our biggest dining hall); it has been only 5-10% full all week. 


The Mad Hatter

February 18th, 2016 at 10:01 AM ^

Actually, it took a couple of months (and one caved account) to find that line, but I think I walk it ok for the most part.

Much like a fungus, I grow on things.  Except fungi don't usually try to make people laugh.  Unless you think a yeast infection is funny, which I can assure you it's not.


February 18th, 2016 at 11:04 AM ^

And thus the beginnings of the zombie apocalypse.  

Norovrius is the worst, although we had a tub close to the toilet so we could at least roll with the both-ends moments without creating an insanely horrible mess, just mostly horrible.  The kids though were not big enough to do so and that was........... I still shiver thinking about it.