<< Updated: October 16, 2014 - 11:45am >>
DIRECT OR INDIRECT EXPOSURE TO THE EBOLA VIRUS AMONG
MEMBERS OF OUR CAMPUS COMMUNITY.
In an effort to keep students, faculty, staff, and visitors to our campus informed about the current situation related to reported and suspected cases of Ebola in the U.S., Louisiana Tech University's Emergency Response Team offers the following information and resources from a number of national and state health and safety organizations. These resources are for general education and awareness purposes to assist the campus community with taking preventative measures against and identifying the symptoms of the Ebola virus.
What is Ebola?
Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).
What are the symptoms of Ebola?
Initial symptoms are nonspecific and may include fever, chills, myalgias, and malaise. Patients can progress to develop gastrointestinal symptoms including severe watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Other symptoms can include chest pain, shortness of breath, headache or confusion, conjunctival injection, hiccups, seizures, and cerebral edema. The most common symptoms reported during the current outbreak are fever (87%), fatigue (76%), vomiting (68%), diarrhea (66%), and loss of appetite (65%.)
What preventative measures can be taken to minimize exposure to the Ebola virus?
Currently, there is no FDA-approved vaccine available for Ebola. The CDC recommends the following preventative measures:
- Practice careful hygiene. For example, wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoid contact with blood and body fluids.
- Do not handle items that may have come in contact with blood or body fluids (such as clothes, bedding, needles, and medical equipment).
- Avoid contact with bats and nonhuman primates or blood, fluids, and raw meat prepared from these animals.
Most importantly, if you or someone you have had personal contact with has recently visited Africa, closely monitor your health for 21 days and seek medical attention immediately if you develop any symptoms of Ebola.
For more information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the Ebola virus and advice for colleges and universities, click here.
The Louisiana Tech Health Services Center is also available to provide student, faculty, and staff with further information and guidance regarding the Ebola virus. Contact (318) 257-4866 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continue to monitor this website for the latest information and updates on the Ebola situation. Information will also be distributed via TechAlert campus-wide emails and the following online resources:
- Tech Alerts (Twitter): @LATechAlerts or http://twitter.com/LATechAlerts
- Louisiana Tech Twitter: @LATech or http://twitter.com/LATech
- Louisiana Tech Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/latech
- Louisiana tech Emergency Response Team website: http://ert.latech.edu