The Health & Counseling Center

SEU closely monitoring the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

October 8, 2014

St. Edward’s University wants you to know that we are closely monitoring information about the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).  National and local health officials are emphasizing that the risk of contracting Ebola is very low.  It is spread by direct contact with the body fluids of a person who is showing symptoms of the illness, and not through air or water. 

Background & Guidance: Ebola Outbreak

  • The three countries currently experiencing an outbreak are:
    • Guinea
    • Sierra Leone
    • Liberia

We urge anyone who has traveled to/from these areas to come to the SEU Health & Counseling Center for more guidance and monitoring information. 

  • How do you get the Ebola virus?
    • Direct contact with:
      • Bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola (blood, vomit, urine, feces, sweat, semen, saliva, other fluids)
      • Objects contaminated with the virus (needles, medical equipment)
      • Infected animals (by contact with blood, fluids, or infected meat)
    • Because direct contact with fluids is necessary for transmission, Ebola is not transmitted through casual contact.
  • When is someone able to spread the disease to others?
    • Ebola only spreads when someone is visibly (has symptoms) sick, most notably with fever (>101.5)
    • After 21 days, if an exposed person does not develop symptoms, they will not become sick with Ebola
  • Early symptoms:
    • Ebola can only be spread to others after symptoms begin. Symptoms can occur 2-21 days after exposure.
    • Symptoms include: fever, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, stomach pain, lack of appetite, unexplained bleeding, joint & muscle aches
  • Procedures if housing staff believes someone may have Ebola:
    • If you learn a resident has merely been exposed, refer them to the Health & Counseling Center.
    • If a resident has been in one of the above countries in the last 21 days, and becomes symptomatic:
      • If during the Health & Counseling Center hours, refer resident there and alert the Health & Counseling Center s/he is coming.  The Health & Counseling Center will follow protocol for dealing with serious infectious diseases
      • If after hours/weekend:
        • Residents from or having visited one of the four countries will need to self-monitor (take own temperature, etc.)
        • If resident becomes ill, resident or housing staff shall contact University Police Department. University Police Department will assess and handle from there.
  • Prevention
    • Careful hygiene (good hand washing)
    • Avoid contact with bodily fluids of anyone who is sick
    • Check CDC Travel Health web page before travel for latest announcements.  This information is updated frequently.

For complete guidelines, see the following links:

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