Health officials are investigating whether a norovirus may have made 37 women sick at a University of Michigan sorority house.

Firefighters were called to Delta Delta Delta on Tappan Ave. after people at the house reported nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Three people were taken to the hospital, according to Assistant Ann Arbor Fire Chief Greg Hollingsworth.

Firefighters checked to see if carbon monoxide could have made the women sick, but no issues were found.
All the women that were ill had eaten together that evening.  Washtenaw County Public Health is now investigating.

Health workers plan to get the names of those who were sick and those who were not, to find out what the ill may have in common, and what they ate for a few days leading up to the outbreak.  More testing will be needed to confirm or rule out norovirus.

According to Washtenaw County Health Supervisor Kristen Schweighoefer, norovirus is often spread by eating food prepared by or handled by another ill person. It is highly contagious and does cause symptoms like those reported by the U-M student.

Learn more about norovirus from the Center for Disease Control at this link.

(Copyright 2010 WWJ Radio.  All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

  1. Al Kovacs says:

    I used to work as a cook’s helper in the U of Michigan Frat system (1969-72). Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea was a weekly staple of a typical fraternity meal. We used to serve brown mung, yellow mung and sometimes green mung. Of course, Cheese Whiz was de rigueur to all meals

  2. Matthew says:

    does this sound familiar?????

  3. Bob says:

    I would be sick of U-M too, look at their football team.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS Detroit

Best Cooking Classes In DetroitLearn how to whip up some wonderful dishes while having fun!
5 Bucket List Items To Cross Off In DetroitThe “must-do” items for anyone making a trip to Detroit.

Watch & Listen LIVE