As the CDC continues to monitor and respond to the recent ebola concerns, please be assured that SCSU is remaining informed through local and state health authorities. We currently have no university-sponsored trips where students or faculty are coming to campus from the affected areas. There are no university-sponsored study abroad trips in the affected areas. Any students that require medical care for any reason are being properly screened for travel history and symptoms of concern. We have no reason to believe that our campus community has any heightened reason for alarm.
Since we are beginning to enter the season for other illnesses such as influenza, the usual methods to prevent infection remain important including handwashing. However, the ebola virus cannot be transmitted through the air, through water or through food. It can only be transmitted through fluids of an infected person or from exposure to contaminated objects – such as needles. Body fluids include blood, sweat, urine, feces, saliva and possibly nasal secretions if close to the infected person.
Any person with recent international travel to affected areas separate from university-sponsored travel should monitor their health status for three weeks after arrival from West Africa. Taking your temperature once or twice daily might be helpful. If you have traveled to West Africa and develop sudden fever, chills, muscle aches, severe diarrhea, vomiting, rash or other symptoms consistent with Ebola, you should seek immediate medical attention. When traveling to a health-care provider, limit contact with other people and avoid all other travel.
Maintain good healthy practices like getting plenty of sleep, maintaining good nutrition, drinking plenty of water and increasing your physical activity to help your immune system best resist infections.
SCSU is committed to ensuring the health and wellness of our community and will keep you updated in the event of any changes.
Dr. Diane S. Morgenthaler, MD
Director SCSU Health and Wellness
Granoff Health Center
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515
(203) 392-6300 phone
(203) 392-6301 fax