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UNCW, Public Health Partners Closely Monitoring Ebola Outbreak

Thursday, October 30, 2014

UNCW is closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa. The university is in regular contact with our partners in public health, New Hanover County and the University of North Carolina system. For the most up-to-date information, visit:  http://www.ncdhhs.gov/ebola/ and www.cdc.gov/ebola.

There currently are Level 3 travel warnings issued by the CDC that restrict nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. For more information regarding the recommended travel restrictions, visit: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a rare disease that is transmittable through direct contact with a sick person's blood or body fluids and/or contact with contaminated objects or infected animals. Unlike many other diseases it is not airborne, meaning that it is not spread through the air. In addition, a person is not considered contagious unless he or she is exhibiting symptoms, which include a fever over 100.4 degrees, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Students, faculty and staff returning to the United States from an affected area should monitor their health for 21 days after returning, and if they feel sick, they should contact their health provider immediately and notify their supervisor or EH&S at 910.962.3057.

The current worldwide attention to Ebola and the upcoming flu season reminds us all to practice good prevention techniques, including: covering your cough and sneeze; avoiding touching your eyes and mouth; avoiding people that are sick; staying home from work or school when you are sick; and, most importantly, washing your hands.

For more information, students should contact the Student Health Center at 910-962-3280 and faculty and staff should contact EH&S at 910-962-3057 or via email at griffinek@uncw.edu.

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