Health & Wellness Center
August 15 Ebola update based on information from CDC
A person infected with Ebola virus is not contagious until symptoms appear.
Ebola is not spread through the air or by food or water.
The virus is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the body fluids (blood, urine, feces, saliva, and other secretions) of a person who is sick with Ebola, or with objects like needles that have been contaminated with the virus, or infected animals.
Symptoms of Ebola include fever of greater than 38.6 degrees Celsius or 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage.
As a precaution, CDC is communicating with American healthcare workers about how to isolate patients with known and suspected cases of Ebola and how they can protect themselves from infection.
CDC works with international public health organizations, other federal agencies, and the travel industry to identify sick travelers arriving in the United States and take public health actions to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
CDC also is assisting with exit screening and communication efforts in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes.
CDC recommends that people avoid nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
CDC recommends that people practice enhanced precautions if traveling to Nigeria.
Recommendations and guidance may change as new information becomes available.
Lehigh University is closely monitoring the CDC information on the Ebola virus outbreak. Up-to-date information can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/
Lehigh's Office of International Affairs is in ongoing contact with all Lehigh-sanctioned travel programs organized through their office. Lehigh's International Travel SOS service is also following these circumstances and has updated information regarding Ebola on its dedicated website at https://www.internationalsos.
We strongly urge members of the Lehigh community to heed the latest warnings regarding travel to this region. The CDC advises anyone returning from Western Africa to take precautions as outlined below:
Persons returning from an affected area but have not had direct contact with the body fluids of symptomatic infected persons or animals, or objects that have been contaminated with body fluids, should monitor their health for 10 days. Those with a potential exposure should monitor their health for 21 days post exposure. Regardless, any traveler who becomes ill, even if only a fever, should consult a health-care provider immediately.
Be sure to inform the healthcare provider about your symptoms and travel history prior to going to the office or emergency room so arrangements can be made, if necessary, to prevent transmission to others in the health-care setting.
Message from the Director
Welcome to the Lehigh University Health and Wellness Center, which provides acute and ongoing care to approximately 4,800 undergraduate students and over 2,000 graduate students. Our dedicated, professional staff offers a host of services, including acute care, routine examinations, immunizations, lab services, gynecological examinations and contraceptive counseling.
We also have a wellness resource area with over-the-counter medications, and a relaxation room with massage chairs. No appointment is necessary for these services
Our goals are to help individuals stay healthy in pursuit of academic success, and to foster the public health of the campus community.
Susan C. Kitei, MD
Director, Student Health Services