Acute Gastroenteritis

The University is aware of resident students reporting feeling ill with gastrointestinal symptoms of nausea, vomiting and abdominal discomfort. The source of the illness has not yet been identified. University officials are investigating potential causes and representatives from the Miami-Dade County Department of Health will be on campus this afternoon to assist with our investigation. Although the number of cases appears to have peaked, if students feel ill, they should seek care at the Student Health Service in the Lennar Foundation Medical Center on campus. For after hour assistance, students can either contact the Student Health Service on call provider at 305-284-9100 or for severe symptoms seek care at the nearest emergency room.

For assistance, please contact any of the following University of Miami Departments listed below:

This statement will continue to be updated as we receive more information.

Acute Gastroenteritis (AGE)

Acute gastroenteritis (AGE) is defined as inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines caused by a variety of viral, bacterial, parasitic pathogens, toxins, chemicals, and other noninfectious causes. Viral gastroenteritis is the second most common illness in the U.S. It spreads through contaminated food or water, and contact with an infected person. The best form of prevention is by frequent hand washing. 


Symptoms associated with gastroenteritis include diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, headache, fever, and chills. The most common complication of gastroenteritis is dehydration. Loss of fluids through vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration if you do not drink enough fluids. 

Seek medical attention if vomiting and/or diarrhea persists more than two days, diarrhea turns bloody, and if your fever is 101 F or higher.


Hand washing with warm water and soap is the easiest way to prevent gastroenteritis. Always wash your hands before preparing food or eating and after preparing food and using the toilet. Alcohol-based sanitizers are an acceptable alternative when soap and water are not available as well when your hands are not visibly soiled. 

If you suspect gastroenteritis in yourself

  • Stop eating for a few hours
  • Sip liquids such as a sports drink or water
  • Take note of urination (infrequent passage of dark urine is a sign of dehydration)
  • Ease back into eating (gradually begin to eat bland, easy-to-digest foods such as soda crackers, plain toast, bananas, and gelatin). AVOID dairy products, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and fatty or highly seasoned foods.
  • Do not share kitchen utensils, plates, or towels with other members of your household or dormitory
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces
  • Wash soiled laundry 
  • Get plenty of rest

Helpful links regarding gastroenteritis: