Current Health Concerns
Monitoring the Zika virus:
The Zika virus is causing worry for health providers across the globe, and should be of concern to people -- especially pregnant women -- traveling to and from countries where the virus has been identified. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says only about 1 in 5 people infected with Zika will get sick. For people who get sick, the illness is usually mild. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected.
For more information about the Zika virus from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/
Q&A about Zika from the New York Times; http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/health/what-is-zika-virus.html?_r=0
For more information about the Zika virus from the World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/
Monitoring Ebola:Columbus State University is monitoring Ebola information from statewide and national sources. While there is no reason to think Georgia or Columbus is at any risk, CSU administrators and health officials on campus have been talking regularly, sharing information and making contingency plans. Anyone in the Columbus State University community who has any concerns about the Ebola virus is encouraged to contact the Columbus Health Department (706-321-6300) or CSU’s Student Health Services (Main Campus - 706-507-8620; RiverPark Campus - 706-507-8347). CSU health officials are in frequent contact with state and national officials and have established protocols for monitoring students and recommending to the Dean of Students if any action needs to be taken. If any situation arises at CSU that needs coordinated action, a Centers for Disease Control response team will take over, and direct local officials to determine what -- if any – steps need to be taken on this campus. Below are some valuable resources for the CSU Community:
- New modified guidelines and guidance from Georgia Department of Public Health for colleges and universities.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently posted an article called Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students about Ebola in West Africa.
- CSU's Student Health Services office, always available for student health questions and concerns.
- A press release from Georgia Gov. Deal's office titled "Deal: Ebola response team will examine state preparedness"
- A recent letter from Georgia Department of Public Health to Georgia Educators (pasted below)
- Fever greater than 101.5°F
- Severe headache
- Muscle pain
- Abdominal pain
- Unexplained, unusual bleeding or bruising