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Forty students have reported norovirus-like symptoms, prompting university response. Video by Devi Shastri. Wochit

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OSHKOSH - The number of people on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus who have reported symptoms of norovirus has more than tripled within 24 hours.

As of Friday afternoon, about 130 individuals — mostly students — reported symptoms of the highly contagious virus. It is commonly known as stomach flu but is not associated with influenza, university officials announced. On Thursday, the number was 40.

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While most campus events will continue as scheduled, the Cold Hands, Warm Heart event, which was set for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, was canceled.

Norovirus causes vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps and is spread through contact with germs from stool or vomit, especially if people are not properly washing their hands. It is the leading cause of foodborne illness and outbreaks in the nation, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

The university is encouraging students or staff with symptoms to report them to the health center through the university's website. Health officials are encouraging infected people to stay home for 24 hours after the symptoms stop.

Devi Shastri contributed to this report.

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