College campus shuts down with threat of norovirus

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- The doors are locked and there's a sign up at College of Western Idaho's Ada County campus saying no one will be allowed inside until further notice. This comes after someone at the school reported coming down with Norovirus.

The college evacuated everyone on Saturday morning and isn't letting anyone back inside until crews have disinfected the entire place.

Doctor Hansel Ashby, an emergency physician at Saint Alphonsus in Boise, says these precautions are exactly what dealing with the norovirus calls for.

"It's very easily spread and it can be cut back immensely by sanitizing," Ashby said.

Norovirus causes nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.

"It is more infectuous than many of the other types of viruses," Ashby told KBOI.

The bug is so contagious that one can come down with it by simply touching something someone who's infected touched before you. It can also become dangerous.

"One can get very dehydrated from Norovirus, and that's where the risk lies," Ashby said.

The alert on CWI's website says it expects the building to open back up when classes resume on Tuesday.