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As of September 5, 2014
For students, faculty, and staff who have recently traveled from West Africa
Although Ebola poses little threat to the US general population and is very unlikely at UW-Whitewater, it’s important to be aware of any changes in your health if you have recently traveled to one of the countries where the Ebola outbreaks are occurring (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria).
- Monitor your health for 21 days after you leave West Africa and watch for fever, headaches, and body aches.
- If you become ill, call your primary health care provider immediately to discuss your symptoms, travel, and potential exposure before you go to the clinic or hospital. Students can also call UHCS at 262-472-1300.
Avoid travel to affected areas
The CDC has issued their highest level of travel warning against any nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone including education-related travel, to the affected areas in order to facilitate control of the outbreak and prevent continued spread. A travel alert recommending enhanced precautions has been issued for travelers to Nigeria.
What is UHCS doing?
Although the risk of exposure is unlikely, UW-Whitewater and UHCS are following CDC’s guidance for universities. No students have been assessed as having had risk exposure.
UHCS is accustomed to caring for students who have traveled internationally and uses the CDC-recommended protocols for screening, evaluation, isolation, and protective procedures. This screening process is applicable to any returning traveler.
To provide the most up-to-date information, UHCS is staying closely connected to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health and leading public health resources.
From the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Ebola Overview
- Outbreak Updates
- Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students about Ebola in West Africa
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Pertussis Prevention Measures
- check your immunization status with your health care provider to determine if eligible for receiving Tdap (tetanus with diphtheria and pertussis) or other preventative immunizations
- Tdap is available on campus at University Health & Counseling Services as well as local public health departments, contact them for current availability and cost information
- remember to use cough etiquette and hand hygiene measures
- see your health care provider or UHCS if you have concerns or questions
FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly launched the "Fraudulent
STD Products Initiative," which targets over-the-counter products bought
online or in retail stores that make unproven claims to prevent, cure, and/or
treat sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). These products have not been evaluated
by the FDA for safety and effectiveness. These illegal products may pose significant
public health risk since individuals could be inaccurately treated, leading
to delays in getting medical help and increasing the possibility of spreading
disease to a sexual partner. Consumers and health professionals should be warned
there are no over-the-counter or online drugs or dietary supplements available
to treat or prevent STDs. Appropriate diagnosis and/or treatment of STDs can
only occur under the supervision of a health care professional.
Please visit the following websites for additional information:
For All Students:
To receive FPWP services at UHCS, you must be currently enrolled at UWW, present your FORWARD HEALTH card at each FPWP appointment and maintain a current address and telephone number with UHCS. You are only eligible for FPWP services after you receive your “About Your Benefits” letter and FORWARD HEALTH card in the mail. The letter will confirm your dates of eligibility in the program. Be aware that the approval process can take 6-8 weeks to complete. You will be responsible to pay for any services received until you are approved.
To apply for enrollment in the program, call UHCS (262) 472-1300 for a Waiver application appointment.
For more information on the FPWP call UHCS at (262) 472 1300 menu option 5.
Last Updated: 09/16/14