Norovirus Sickens 22 Students at Carleton College in Northfield

Updated: 05/02/2016 9:17 AM

Carleton College campus
Carleton College campus
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A norovirus outbreak has sickened almost two dozen college students in Northfield.

The Minnesota Department of Health says 22 Carleton College students have become sick since last Saturday.

Health officials believe they got sick after visiting Hogan Brothers' Acoustic Café. The restaurant has voluntarily closed to clean and look into the situation. It reopened Monday.

Carleton College is asking students, staff and faculty to report their illness if they've had symptoms for more than 24 hours.

Norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It's the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreak in Minnesota, the department of health says. It's spread through person-to-person contact. While it's often mistakenly call the "stomach flu," it's not related to the flu.

Common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping. Learn more about norovirus here.