Source: Scott Jones, 785-532-6432, sjones1@k-state.edu
News release prepared by
: Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, 785-532-1543, ebarcomb@k-state.edu

Friday, March 16, 2012

PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS LOOK INTO FRATERNITY MEMBERS REPORTING SIMILAR ILLNESS

MANHATTAN – Kansas State University has notified public health officials about 25 fraternity members reporting a similar illness so that officials may investigate the cause.

Health care professionals at the university's Lafene Health Center said symptoms are not life-threatening and pass in 24 to 48 hours.

Of the 25 members of FIJI fraternity who experienced nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, 23 live in the chapter house. The university's office of student life is reaching out to the affected students to see whether they have missed classes and what assistance they may need.

There are no other reports of a similar illness in other university living groups at this time, said Scott Jones, assistant dean of student life. Lafene Health Center is monitoring illnesses and reporting any trends that are of concern.