From January 1 to May 10, 2019, 839 individual cases of measles have been confirmed
in 23 states, based on data reported to the CDC.
This is an increase of 75 cases from the previous week, and new cases continue to
This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles
was declared eliminated in 2000.
The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut,
Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas,
Tennessee, and Washington.
In a given year, more measles cases can occur for any of the following reasons:
- an increase in the number of travelers who get measles abroad and bring it into the
- further spread of measles in U.S. communities with pockets of unvaccinated people.
Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed
by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles is highly contagious and spreads through
coughing and sneezing. Persons with measles are contagious from four days prior to
rash onset (with the rash onset considered day zero) through four days after rash
Measles is a public health concern and is reportable to the Communicable Disease Branch
of the NC Department of Health and Human Services to implement measure to control
the spread of illness.
As of May 16, 2019 NC has not experienced a positive case of measles, but if are experiencing
any of these symptoms and are concerned about potential exposure, please visit Health
Services to discuss your concerns.
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
Health Services will once again have flu vaccines available for students in the fall
semester. Although, flu tends to be more prevalent in cold weather months, flu can
be contracted throughout the year. Students, as well as faculty and staff, are urged
to educate themselves and take precautions to avoid getting the flu and spreading
- The first defense against flu is to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. The vaccine
may not prevent an individual from getting sick, but it may help the patient from
avoiding the most severe flu symptoms.
- Other precautions include frequent hand washing, particularly after touching common
surfaces like door handles and desk tops. Avoid touching your face until you can
wash or sanitize your hands. Also, avoid contact with patients sick with flu like
- If you become sick, seek care quickly, there are antiviral medications that your medical
provider can prescribe to help you recover more quickly. Health Services also requests that patients come by themselves for their healthcare
visit, reducing the risk of a well person being exposed to viruses.
Regular updates will be made to this site when any new information becomes available.
Information regarding flu activity in NC can be found at http://www.flu.nc.gov/, and information regarding flu activity nationally can be found at flu.gov and the CDC flu website.
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 Organization (WHO) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health.
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 travel 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