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UTHSC and the Response to Ebola

The recent transfer of the hemorrhagic fever virus known as Ebola from West Africa to the North American continent has placed us all in a position of heightened surveillance.

UTHSC like other institutions is going forth with plans to keep everyone informed concerning the ever changing story of Ebola in this country. It is of special concern to us as healthcare workers that we do everything to inform and protect the population. Also we want to keep our employees and students informed about every public health and medical breakthrough.

To the effect we have placed information on the UHS website to keep everyone on campus up to date. We want to go a step further and create a central clearing house for updates and training taking place on campus.

These are the things planned thus far:

  1. The CDC web link is to be used as the main source of information on new developments concerning the virus and national news.
  2. The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) website will be the main source of local developments on the fight of the Ebola virus.
  3. UHS is sponsoring a campus wide webinar on November 18, 2014 from 2-3:30pm. The webinar is concerning campus planning and preparedness.
  4. The RBL will be hosting a 3 day seminar concerning the Ebola virus. Various topics including the proper use of PPE will be covered.
  5. UHS is again offering free influenza vaccines to the campus. This is one of the most effective means in decreasing a major febrile illness that can only cause confusion in the acute care setting.
  6. UHS and the SCHD are ready to evaluate anyone for flu like illness.
  7. We will emphasize taking a travel history on all patients being seen in UT clinics.
  8. UHS's occupational health division and the Safety Department will be cooperating with the researchers on campus in teaching all clinical personnel about the proper use of PPE.
  9. The Infectious Diseases committee will continue to share information and ideas about the efforts of the various UT affiliated institutions in protecting staff from the effects of Ebola and all infectious agents in the clinical setting.
  10. UHS will again send out notices to all personnel who are deficit in their mandatory and recommended immunizations.

We will be working closely with the Executive Vice Chancellor, Dr. Kennard Brown to keep the campus informed and safe.

General Facts Regarding Ebola

Consider Ebola if patient has:

Traveled within or between Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea within the last month, was in close contact with anyone he/she believed to be ill, regardless of the perceived cause of the illness and if the person has the initial symptoms of Ebola (fever over 101.5, headache, vomiting and diarrhea).

Please refer to the CDC website for more information.

Concerned About MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)?

Consider MERS if patient has:

A history of travel to or near the Arabian peninsula in the past 14 days OR had close contact with a probable or confirmed case of MERS in the last 14 days, AND now presents with Fever (>100 F) OR has a respiratory illness (cough, runny nose, shortness of breath) OR abnormal Chest X ray/CT (suggestive of Pneumonia or Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome-ARDS)

[Arabian Peninsula countries include: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen]

Infection Control measures are adhered for all healthcare providers including standard, contact, and airborne precautions.

Interim home care and isolation is advised for ill persons being evaluated for MERS who do not require hospitalization. Healthcare providers should be under the care of University Health Services or their preferred provider in consultation with the Health Department.

Additional recommendations will come forth as the illness is evaluated. For additional information, refer to the Tennessee Department of Health or the Center for Disease Control websites.

HPV: Get The Facts!

  • HPV is a virus that is spread during ANY sexual activity.
  • Certain types of HPV if left untreated may cause cancer in males and females.
  • Some people may be infected with HPV and not knowingly pass it on to their sexual partners.

THE GOOD NEWS: Prevention is the Key!

  • Four types of HPV can be prevented by the Gardasil vaccine.
  • If you are sexually active, condoms may help decrease HPV transmission but is not guaranteed.

SO PROTECT YOURSELF!!

If you are a male or female student , 26 years or younger, and would like more information about HPV prevention, call University Health Services to schedule an appointment to discuss your options with one of our medical providers.

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