Ebola Health Update

St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is actively monitoring the latest information regarding the Ebola virus and is committed to educating the College community about serious health issues and the potential risks associated with the spread of this disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of contracting the Ebola virus is very low and the recent outbreak does not pose a significant risk in the United States. However, as a precaution, the CDC has issued a Warning Level 3 travel notice for U.S. citizens to avoid nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  

About the Ebola Virus

According to the CDC, Ebola is a rare and potentially fatal disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains and is only transmittable by direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person or through exposure to contaminated items, such as medical waste.

Symptoms of Ebola range from high fever (higher than 101.5) to severe headache, weakness, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting and unexplained hemorrhaging or bruising. If you have any of these symptoms, please alert Student Health Services and follow-up with your private health care practitioner or a local emergency department.

Ebola symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure, but the average is 8 to 10 days. Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.

SJC’s Protocols for the Ebola Virus Epidemic

Student Health Services is committed to creating an environment that fosters health promotion and continues to monitor up-to-date information from the CDC and NYS Department of Health regarding the recent Ebola virus outbreak.

Hand hygiene is the first line of defense against a pandemic, the common cold, the flu and other infectious diseases. Adherence to proper hand hygiene is proven to prevent outbreaks and reduce transmission of antimicrobial resistant organisms and reduce overall infection rates. Please remember to always practice careful hygiene and wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If a member of the College community has recently traveled to any of the affected areas where the Ebola virus is presently circulating or is presenting symptoms, please contact Student Health Services on your respective campuses immediately.

Long Island Campus
Bill Torio, R.N.
Director of Health Services
631.687.1259
Room N306, O’Connor Hall

Brooklyn Campus                                                              
Joan Carrig-Collins, R.N. or Ketsia Glemaud, R.N.                                                    
College Nurses                                                                         
718.940.5805 or 718.399.2379
Room 202, Tuohy Hall

Symptoms
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/symptoms/index.html

Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/prevention/index.html

Additional Resources

For more information about Ebola, visit www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola or call 1.800.CDC.INFO (1.800.232.4636).