The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The current outbreak began in Guinea in December 2013 and currently involves transmission in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. The most current information can be found on the CDC website.
The University of Mary Washington is monitoring this outbreak and at this time, no UMW students have traveled to or studied in those three countries. The likelihood of this disease arriving on our campus is very low.
Members of the University community are strongly encouraged to heed the CDC and U.S. State Department’s cautions regarding travel in this region. Travelers returning from this region are being advised by the CDC as follows:
Persons returning from an affected area but have not had direct contact with the body fluids of symptomatic infected persons or animals, or objects that have been contaminated with body fluids, should monitor their health for 10 days. Those with a potential exposure should monitor their health for 21 days post exposure. Regardless, any traveler who becomes ill, even if only a fever, should consult a health-care provider immediately.
N.B. To put this into perspective, there has been one death in the US from Ebola while the World Health Organization released its 2014 Global Tuberculosis Report in mid-October showing that 9 million people developed tuberculosis in 2013 and 1.5 million died, making it one of the world’s deadliest communicable diseases.
You may find the latest information for Ebola and the University of Mary Washington on our campus advisory page.
Free Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Offered Monthly:
The UMW Student Health Center in partnership with the Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services (FAHASS) www.fahass.org offers monthly Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing (HIV by oral swab and urine Chlamydia and Gonorrhea) at the Student Health Center on one Friday per month from 10 AM-3 PM. Come in and Get Yourself Talking/Tested (GYT)!
Please call (540) 654-1040 to schedule an appointment, walk-ins are welcome, but might have to wait.
Free test dates: Friday, September 26, 2014, Friday, October 17, 2014, Friday, and November 21, 2014.
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