Health Services closely monitors outbreaks of illness(es) that could potentially become
public health emergencies based on the criteria from the Centers for Diseases Control and World Health Organization. The West African Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak that began in 2014 has now been
contained to two countries. The ongoing MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak
that began on the Arabian Peninsula has spread to South Korea as of May 2015.
ALERT: EpiPen Recall
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers to Meridian Medical Technologies' voluntary recall of 13 lots of Mylan's EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector
products used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions.
This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part
that may result in the devices' failure to activate. The recalled product was manufactured
by Meridian Medical Technologies and distributed by Mylan Specialty.
The manufacturer is committed to replacing the recalled devices. For more information,
including specific lot numbers please review:http://newsroom.mylan.com/2017-03-31-Mylan-Provides-Update-on-Meridian-Medical-Technologies-a-Pfizer-Company-Expanded-Voluntary-Worldwide-Recall-of-EpiPen-R-Auto-Injector
International Travel Alert
Persons arriving in the U.S. from an affected area or any traveler should monitor
their health and if feeling sick, contact their health provider immediately and tell
him or her about their recent ravel and potential contacts before they go to the doctor's
office or emergency room to prevent potential transmission to others.
Students should contact Health Services at 828-227-7640 and ask to speak with a Registered
Nurse for questions or assistance.
Faculty and Staff should contact their primary care Provider or Health Services for
Several infectious illnesses result from mosquito and tick bites. The simplest way
to prevent these illnesses is to prevent mosquito and tick bites through the use of
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently issued travel advisories
to areas infected with Zika virus, including parts of the United States. There are
five important things that you should know about Zika. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis
(red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to
a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough
to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and have either traveled to an infected
area or recently had mosquito bites please visit Health Services to discuss your concerns.
Other infections that can result from a mosquito or tick bites include:
Saint Louis Encephalitis
La Crosse Encephalitis
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Educate yourself and contact Health Services if you need more information.
Health Services if following the guidance and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health.
There is a Level 2 Travel warning issued by the CDC to limit travel to Saudi Arabia,
and the neighboring countries of Iran, Iraq and Syria. For more information regarding
travel restrictions visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/coronavirus-saudi-arabia-qatar .
As of June 2015, there is still a Level 1 travel warning to South Korea and China.
For more information regarding travel restrictions to this area visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/mers-republic-of-korea
Get Vaccinated Against the Flu
Most people who get the flu are sick for a week. That's time away from classes, jobs,
friends and fun. Flue vaccine is safe and it works. So protect yourself and those
around you by getting vaccinated this season.
Health Services is offering the flu vaccine for $20.00.
Call today to schedule your appointment 828-227-7640.
Learn more about Seasonal Influenza.
Learn more about Seasonal Influenza Prevention.
As of March 29, 2016 the World Health Organization issued the following statement:
The 9th meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under
the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the Ebola virus disease
outbreak in West Africa took place on 29 March 2016. In the Committee’s view, the
Ebola situation in West Africa no longer constitutes a Public Health Emergency of
International Concern and the temporary recommendations adopted in response should
now be terminated.
Health Services will continue to follow the guidance and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organtization (WHO) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health.