Public Health Information

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 more information.

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 insect repellent.

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:

Zika

Chikungunya

Dengue

Malaria

Saint Louis Encephalitis

La Crosse Encephalitis

Lyme Disease

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
 

Educate yourself and contact Health Services if you need more information.

 

 

MERS Health Advisory Poster

 

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.

 

 

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