Western Connecticut State University closed Monday due to student illnesses

DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – Western Connecticut State University is shutting its doors on Monday after almost 100 students have become ill.

At this time, it is unclear what exactly is making students sick at Western Connecticut State University. 

However, they know it is nasty and that’s part of the reason why they are closed for Monday.

On Friday, about 40 students had vomiting and diarrhea.

University officials said they were doing a deep cleaning of the school. They’ve been sanitizing and disinfecting both campuses.   

They focused on common areas and urged students to seek medical help if they had symptoms.

However, over the weekend more students started to fall ill and now it’s up to about 100 students.

School health officials are working with the state and Danbury Departments of Health to figure out what this is and how to slow it down. 

That is why the university has decided to close for the day and at this point the school does not know what is causing it. They do know it is not E coli.

The school’s president, Dr. John Clark, put out a reminder to students to use good hygiene, not to share food, wash fruits and vegetables before eating them and clean by using bleach. 

News 8 will update this story as more information becomes available.