October 3, 2014
SMU wants you to know that we are closely monitoring information related to a patient who is being treated for the Ebola virus at Dallas’ Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services are managing the case with the Dallas County Health Department and the hospital.
State and county health officials have reported that they have isolated the patient’s family members and are taking precautions to identify and monitor other adults and children who may have come into close contact with him.
SMU health and emergency preparedness officials are in regular contact with state and local officials about this case and receive updates daily. SMU has established protocols in place and maintains working relationships with appropriate government agencies to remain prepared for any communicable disease or other health issues. There is no indication that there is any connection to SMU regarding this case.
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 monitor this case and provide updates on the SMU home page and the SMU Parents website. 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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