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Friday, 31 January 2014

Have you been unwell in the last 24 hours?

We are aware of a number of cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in the Hall. It is vital that we establish how many people are affected, so we can put infection control precautions in place if necessary.

If you've been unwell with diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the last 24 hours, please email us ASAP at and We need to know:

a) your name and room number;
b) what are your symptoms? (e.g. diarrhoea, vomiting, fever?);
c) when did your symptoms first start?;
d) did you eat in the dining hall at Connaught Hall on Thursday night, and if so, what did you eat?
e) do you need any practical help from us right now?

We will use your email to keep a list of everyone affected, and a member of staff will check that you're OK within 8 hours of receipt. If you need help more urgently, contact reception (extension 8200) and ask for the Duty Senior Member, available 24 hours a day over the weekend. If lots of people are affected, we may need to set up separate toilets for those who are ill, so as to avoid spreading their illness to others. We always notify our caterers of any outbreak of diarrhoeal illness in Hall, so they can commence an investigation into any possible allegations of food poisoning, although a viral illness such as Norovirus is more likely.

If you are ill with diarrhoea and vomiting, please visit your GP today if possible, tell them several residents have been unwell with the same symptoms, and ask if they will send a stool sample for you. This will help us work out which bug has caused people to be unwell, and maybe where came from.

Remember to drink plenty of clear fluids, use paracetamol to relieve pain and/or fever, and let a friend know that you're unwell. Please observe strict hygiene in the bathrooms to avoid passing any bugs to others! There is more advice about self-treatment of diarrhoea and vomiting here:

If you are not affected by any symptoms, please remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after using the bathroom or visiting anyone who is unwell. This will help ensure you don't catch anything.

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