Published On: Tue, Feb 12th, 2013

Tennessee school, Union University, to reopen Wednesday after closing due to ‘stomach virus’ outbreak

The private, Christian university located in  Jackson, Tennessee will reopen tomorrow morning for classes after closing Monday in an attempt to control and contain an outbreak of a gastrointestinal infection that has sickened scores, according to a Union University news release.

The Global Dispatch logo matted 200 x 115Union President David S. Dockery said the school was closed after consultation with health care professionals. “The conventional wisdom is that if we can limit further spread of the illness immediately, we can address these health concerns fairly quickly”, Dockery said.

All undergraduate and graduate classes plus the school’s library, wellness center and the Barefoot’s Joe coffee shop were closed due to the outbreak.

Union Director of News and Media Relations Tim Ellsworth said Monday said about 300 students are currently sick. He said the illness is a type of stomach virus that will be confirmed in the next few days, according to a Jackson Sun report Monday.

Ellsworth said about 1,100 students live on campus at Union. A majority of the students who are sick live on campus, he said.

This is not totally unusual according to Dockery. “Several Jackson-area schools took similar steps when faced with widespread illness that resulted in absences prior to Christmas break,” Dockery continued. “They were able to conduct classes again very soon following the brief closing of the school.”

Union advised students this afternoon that if they are still sick, they should continue to seek care and make every effort to stay away from campus activities.

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