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Gastrointestinal illness hits 81 Emory students

ATLANTA, Ga. -- More than six dozens students at Emory University have experienced gastrointestinal illnesses in the last week.

The illnesses came in a wave, according to the school. Seventy-four students initially reported sickness; an additional seven came forward later. Vomiting is the most common symptom among them.

In an all campus email from Michael Huey, the Executive Director of Emory's Student Health and Counseling Services, the university said it is focusing its investigation around food services.

The person in charge of safety and sanitation on campus will be stationed at the Dobb's Market full time.

All leftover food served earlier this week was isolated and kept for analysis. Health inspectors were on campus Wednesday; they didn't find any issues of concern or infractions.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Emory investigating reported rape at fraternity house

DECATUR, GA (WXIA) -- Emory University's Intrafraternity Council has suspended all social events in fraternity houses until further notice at the Clifton Road campus after a report of a sexual assault at a fraternity house over the weekend.

The incident happened at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house on Halloween night about 10:30 pm. The incident is under investigation and Emory Police have not yet released an official report.


According to an email the university sent to its student body, the accuser was a female guest at the house, and was aquainted with with the person she says raped her.

Security guard fired after photographing Obama at CDC says he was wronged

ATLANTA -- Kenneth Tate, the private security guard fired after photographing President Barack Obama in an elevator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the day went from being among the best he had ever had to "a nightmare."

Tate , 49, said the high point of his $42,000-a-year job was when he was assigned to accompany the president during his visit to the CDC's Atlanta headquarters seven weeks ago for a briefing on the Ebola epidemic, reports The New York Times.

Ebola czar to visit Atlanta on Thursday

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- U.S. Ebola czar Ron Klain will be in Atlanta on Thursday for meetings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters with Director Tom Frieden and other officials.

Reuters quotes an unidentified official saying, "Mr. Klain has been in daily contact with Dr. [Tom] Frieden and other CDC officials, but this will be his first opportunity to visit the headquarters of the men and women of the CDC, who have been a critical component of our international and domestic response since the onset of this outbreak."

Amber Vinson discharged from Emory

ATLANTA -- Dallas nurse Amber Vinson was discharged from Emory University Hospital on Tuesday after being treated for Ebola virus disease.

Vinson was admitted to the hospital's Serious Communicable Disease Unit on Oct. 15 and is now virus free. Vinson, 29, and Nina Pham, 26, were the two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who contracted the virus while caring for Thomas Duncan, a Liberian national who died of the disease Oct. 8.

Vinson spoke at a Tuesday afternoon news conference, saying that she was "thankful to be alive" and that "with God, all things are possible."

Vinson did not take any questions.

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.