Sickness in Sackville
I am, perhaps foolishly, still working in my office on the Mount Allison University campus, waiting for a meeting with a student. Why is this perhaps foolish? Because Mount Allison has been hit with a mysterious flu outbreak. A colleague of mine often refers to our students as "little germ factories", which currently seems apt. Approximately 100 students have been hit with a nasty strain of gastroenteritis, which is being described by the university administration as a Norwalk-type virus. So far it appears that the symptoms are mostly limited to students in residence, but the outbreak only really started yesterday, and full information is still not available.
My best source for information, apart from the CBC, is Argosy editor William Wolfe-Wylie's blog. He's also one of the main sources for the CBC's information. The university is supposed to be putting updates on its website soon.
So far, it appears that the residences' food services have been cleared. The town water supply is currently being tested. But officials don't yet know what we're dealing with here. I, for one, am heading home right after my meeting.
For those students who are sick - get well soon!
2:19 PM: My apologies to anyone who tried to follow my original links - I have now fixed them. Also, the latest reporting seems to be that it is a viral problem. The town's water test results aren't expected to be in until Monday. Recommend this Post