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UT Arlington closely monitoring global Ebola virus information

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan

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Updated Oct. 23, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed Nigeria from its list of travel warnings related to Ebola virus in West Africa effective October 21, 2014. More information is available at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

The CDC’s Level 3 Travel Notice advising against nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone remains in effect. The federal agency also has announced that public health authorities have begun active post-arrival monitoring of travelers whose travel originates in any of those three listed countries. More information is available online at http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p1022-post-arrival-monitoring.html.

UT Arlington students, faculty, and staff requesting to travel to affected countries for University-related business should submit a Request to Travel to Restricted Regions to the UT Arlington Office of International Education, per the University’s standard policies.

The University’s International Oversight Committee will review all requests carefully on a case-by-case basis. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at 817-272-2355 or visit www.uta.edu/oie/.

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Updated Oct. 15, 2014

The health and safety of the UT Arlington community is always our utmost concern. Please be assured that The University of Texas at Arlington is carefully monitoring developments related to reports of Ebola virus cases in our region and around the world.

This update is part of a multipronged strategy to keep our community well informed and to ensure that everyone understands processes in place to keep us safe. Check www.uta.edu for the most current information available.

There have been no known incidents of Ebola-related illness within the University community. UT Arlington remains in close contact with regional, state, and federal public health officials to ensure that our students, faculty, and staff have the most current information available.

The University follows protocols established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure a rapid and effective response to potential public health threats. Information about Ebola Virus Disease, symptoms, prevention, and treatment is published on the CDC’s website and by the Texas Department of Health Services.

Regional information is available through Tarrant County Public Health and Dallas County Health & Human Services.

The Centers for Disease Control has emphasized that the Ebola virus is spread only through direct contact with patients who are exhibiting symptoms, contact with infected blood or body fluids of sick patients, or contact with contaminated objects, such as needles. Symptoms appear between 2 and 21 days following exposure.

The virus is not spread through the air, by water, or other distant contact.

Who is at risk?

  • Anyone who has traveled outside the United States in the past 21 days — particularly to regions of West Africa affected by the Ebola virus outbreak — and who is experiencing symptoms such as fever, unexplained bleeding, diarrhea, and vomiting that the CDC has associated with the Ebola virus;
  • Health care workers who have had contact with the blood or body fluids of sick patients;
  • Anyone who has contact with objects such as clothes, bedding, needles, syringes/sharps, or medical equipment that has been contaminated with the virus.

More details are available on the CDC’s website.

What should I do if I have symptoms associated with Ebola Virus Disease?

  • UT Arlington faculty and staff members should contact their physician or health care provider by telephone to make initial contact.
  • Remain at home and avoid traveling to campus or to a health care facility until you receive further guidance to minimize risk to others.
  • UT Arlington students living on campus should contact their Residence Director, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 817-690-9349. Students living near campus should call the Student Health Center at 817-272-2771 or their personal physician.
  • Standard University procedures for employee and student absences will be followed once you are cleared to return to work or class.

What should I do if I have been in contact with someone who has been exposed to symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease?

Call UT Arlington Health Services at 817-272-2771 to report the contact. Health Services staff will route the information to the proper public health agencies and will ensure that appropriate follow-up steps are taken.

I have planned to travel to or from regions affected by the Ebola outbreak. What should I do?

The Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. State Department have released statements advising against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone due to the Ebola virus outbreak in those countries. More information is available at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

UT Arlington students, faculty, and staff requesting to travel to the listed countries or surrounding West African countries should submit a Request to Travel to Restricted Regions to the UT Arlington Office of International Education, per the University’s standard policies. The University’s International Oversight Committee will review all requests carefully on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, contact the Office of International Education at 817-272-2355 or visit www.uta.edu/oie/.

UT Arlington is committed to keeping you informed about public health issues. Further updates will be provided as information is available.

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Updated Oct. 10, 2014

UT Arlington is not aware of any Ebola-related illness within the University community and is maintaining close contact with regional, state and federal health officials to ensure that the University has the most current information available.

The University maintains protocols necessary to enable a rapid and effective response to potential threats to the health and welfare of our community.

UT Arlington Health Services encourages any member of the University community who has traveled outside of the United States in the past 21 days and who is experiencing symptoms that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has associated with Ebola Virus Disease to call the Student Health Center at 817-272-2771, press 1 and ask to speak with a staff member. Anyone exhibiting such symptoms should remain at home and avoid traveling to campus or to a health care facility until receiving further guidance.

For students, faculty or staff considering travel to affect regions:

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the State Department have released statements advising against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone due to the Ebola virus outbreak in those countries. More information is available at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

UT Arlington students, faculty and staff requesting to travel to the listed countries or surrounding West African countries should submit a Request to Travel to Restricted Regions to the UT Arlington Office of International Education, per the University’s standard policies. The University’s International Oversight Committee will review all requests carefully on a case-by case basis.

For more information, contact the Office of International Education at 817-272-2355 or visit www.uta.edu/oie/.

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Posted Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

The University of Texas at Arlington is closely monitoring confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control that a patient is being treated for Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

UT Arlington is not aware of any related health concerns in the University community. UT Arlington Health Services works closely with state and local health officials to prepare for and respond to incidents of infectious disease or contagious illnesses.

UT Arlington encourages members of the University community who experience symptoms of any illness to seek assistance from their health care provider. Students may seek medical assistance through the Student Health Center.

Important information about Ebola is available from the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/ and from Texas Health Resources at http://texashealth.org/ebola-answers.

For information about the UT Arlington Health Services, please visit www.uta.edu/healthservices or call 817-272-2771.

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