Georgia College students got sick. Here’s what is being done about it

An investigation is underway to find the source of gastrointestinal illness that sickened more than a dozen people at Georgia College in Milledgeville.

The college closed dining halls Wednesday as a precaution after several students reported stomach pain, according to the school’s online announcement.

The North Central Health District is investigating the cluster of illness.

“We are working with the school’s Student Health Services and the local hospital to collect samples to be sent to the Public Health Lab for testing,” North Central Health District spokesman Michael Hokanson stated in an email to The Telegraph.

Testing will determine whether the cases are related.

In the meantime, all dining facilities except the Lunch Box reopened Thursday, according to the college website.

The Baldwin County Health Department inspected the dining halls and “concluded that there are no concerns that would prevent us from operating normally,” the update stated.

All campus dining areas have been sanitized.

The health department is urging both sick and well students to complete a questionnaire to try to help determine what caused the illness by comparing activities and meals.

The survey can be accessed here: https://sendss.state.ga.us/sendss/!dynamicsurvey.surveypublicprompt?pQATemplateId=10378

Both the college and health officials urge everyone to practice proper hygiene and make sure hands are clean.

Sick students should stay away from others until their symptoms have been gone for at least 24 hours.

Viruses can live for up to 48 hours on surfaces such as counter tops and doorknobs, the website stated.

Anyone suffering stomach pain or gastrointestinal symptoms should visit Student Health Services..

Liz Jarvis Fabian has reported public safety issues in Middle Georgia for over 36 years. The former storm chaser and news anchor for The Weather Channel has won numerous awards including McClatchy President’s Awards for breaking news team coverage. Fabian was named Georgia AP’s best beat reporter in 2017.