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Virus outbreak closes college

March 29, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A small college is shutting down for several days after 100 students and staff members were sickened by a virus that causes a type of stomach flu.

Students and faculty have been afflicted with severe nausea and vomiting at Babson College in Wellesley, west of Boston.

State Department of Public Health spokesman Tom Lyons says the norovirus is "miserable" but isn't life-threatening. He says most people get better after a few days.

The college is expected to be closed until at least Wednesday while campus buildings are cleaned.

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