October 8, 2014
SMU continues to closely monitor information related to Thomas Eric Duncan, who has died from the Ebola virus at Dallas’ Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
There is no indication that there is any connection to SMU regarding this case.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services continue to manage the case with the Dallas County Health Department.
State and county health officials reported last week that they had isolated Mr. Duncan’s family members and had identified and were monitoring others who may have come into close contact with him.
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 health and emergency preparedness officials are in regular contact with state and local officials and receive daily updates about the Ebola case 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.
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 offers its condolences to the family and friends of Thomas Eric Duncan and shares the thoughts and prayers of the global community for those affected by the Ebola virus.
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