Ebola Information – from Polly Parks, University Health Services
As updates to the Ebola crisis fill news reports, Clayton State University shares the concerns of many throughout the world, the nation, and the community. Clayton State is closely following Ebola guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and continuing to participate in local briefings and updates concerning Ebola preparedness on college and university campuses. The following CDC links provide additional detailed information on Ebola educational and procedural guidance: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/qa.html and http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.
At this time, there is no reason to believe there are any cases or threats of infection in our area. In the event of a suspected case, Clayton State University will publish information via the University website and electronic media, including email, Facebook and Twitter.
As a general note of caution, individuals are urged this year, more so than ever, to get a flu vaccine. The presenting symptoms of the flu and Ebola are remarkably similar. The primary distinguishing factor will be recent travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone or Liberia. Clayton State does not have any University-sponsored activities in those areas, nor are any anticipated in the spring semester.
In addition to the guidance provided by the CDC, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the recently formed Georgia Ebola Response Team are updating their guidelines and procedures. We will continue to review those guidelines and provide updates to the campus community as needed.
On that note, the University will communicate this week, some additional information and the latest advisories regarding travel and re-entry procedures for those in our community who may travel to an Ebola-affected country during the holiday season.
Anyone with general questions at this time may contact University Health Services at 678-466-4940.
Clayton State University will continue to monitor and implement guidance from the CDC, in coordination with the State of Georgia, the University System of Georgia, and our local community health partners.
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