October 14, 2014
SMU continues to closely monitor information related to the Ebola virus, including information about a health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas who has tested positive for the virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The health care worker had provided care for patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from the virus October 8.
The health care worker was placed in isolation Friday night after reporting a low-grade fever. Health officials have interviewed the patient and are identifying any contacts or potential exposures. People who had contact with the health care worker after symptoms emerged will be monitored based on the nature of their interactions and the potential they were exposed to the virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Dallas County Health Department are continuing to manage this situation.
There is no indication that there is any connection to SMU regarding either case.
SMU health and emergency preparedness officials are in regular contact with state and local officials and receive daily updates on the situation in Dallas. SMU has protocols in place and maintains working relationships with appropriate government agencies to remain prepared for any communicable disease or other health issues.
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.
For SMU students, faculty or staff who may be considering travel to West Africa, SMU is following the CDC’s Advice for Colleges, Universities and Students about Ebola in West Africa: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/advice-for-colleges-universities-and-students-about-ebola-in-west-africa.
SMU will continue to provide updates on the Health and Safety site and the Parents’ site of the SMU home page. For health questions or concerns, please contact the SMU Health Center, 214-768-2141. For confidential counseling, contact Counseling and Psychiatric Services, 214-768-2277, or the Chaplain’s Office, 214-768-4502. Faculty or staff with concerns about students may contact the Office of the Dean of Student Life, 214-768-4564, or visit Caring Community Connections.
SMU shares the thoughts and prayers of the global community for those affected by the Ebola virus.
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