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Virus Outbreak at USC Sends 30 Students to Hospital

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A virus that USC campus oficials believe is a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus has recenlty sent at least 30 students to the medical facilities, according to an e-mail alert sent to students. "This virus is not usually serious, but can cause vomiting, diarrhea and stomach-cramping," wrote Larwrence Neinstein, M.D., of the University Park Health Center. "The sickness usually has an incubation period of 24- to 48 hours, but may be as short as 12 hours." The school is not recommending a "full-scale quarantine," but encourages anyone feeling a little sick to stay home and take care of themselves, especially in light of today's football game. "We would rather you watch it on television than chance infecting your fellow students," Neinstein said.