University Health Services is closely monitoring several outbreaks of illness(es) including the Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) outbreak in West Africa and the ongoing MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak on the Arabian Peninsula.
Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a rare disease that is transmittable through direct contact with a sick person's blood or body fluids and/or contact with contaminated objects or infected animals. It is not spread through the air. LEARN MORE
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness. They had fever, cough, and shortness of breath. LEARN MORE
People (including students, faculty and staff) returning to the United States from an affected area should monitor their health, and if they feel sick, they should contact their health provider immediately and tell him or her about their recent travel and potential contacts.
The Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) strives to protect the nation from bacterial and viral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Some of these diseases have long been present in the United States while others have recently emerged. LEARN MORE
Flu activity is low across the United States now, but usually begins to increase in October and most commonly peaks between January and March. Make plans to get your flu vaccine this fall. LEARN MORE
Know the 3 C's to help prevent the spread of flu germs.