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Ebola Outbreak Resources

Thomas More College places the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff in utmost regard. Due to the heightened attention, and proximity of this issue in Northern Ohio, we wanted to issue this notice to inform the College Community about our preparation for any crisis related to the spread of disease locally, regionally, or on our own campus. In the event of an Ebola outbreak on campus, the College would contact the local health department and follow their protocol. We will always post any relevant information about this, or any other emergency on our website at www.ThomasMore.edu/emergency. TMC has a Crisis Management Team which is currently reviewing, updating, and refining any response to a possible outbreak.  

Currently, there are very few cases in the United States, and a very low risk of transmission throughout the continent. We will continue to monitor the situation through local officials and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) which have covered the outbreak since its inception. For the foreseeable future, we ask that any member of the college community who plans travel to Africa, and specifically West Africa, and/or has contact with anyone who has traveled to West Africa to notify the Department of Student Affairs. 

The likelihood of contracting any viral hemorrhagic fever, including Ebola, is considered extremely low unless there has been direct contact with the body fluids of symptomatic infected persons or animals, or objects that have been contaminated with body fluids. All individuals can take these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of illness:

CDC Recommendations

As with seasonal flu, colds and other infectious illnesses, one of the most important preventive practices is careful and frequent hand washing. Cleaning your hands often, using soap and water or waterless alcohol-based hand rubs, removes potentially infectious materials from your skin and helps prevent disease transmission. There are many hand sanitizer dispensers installed in buildings and restrooms around campus.

Additionally:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze. If you use a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

If you think you have Ebola virus infection or symptoms compatible with Ebola viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) -  fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting or rashes - consult a health care provider immediately.

Resources: 

Additional Information

There are many known facts and myths about the disease. As of today, there is one confirmed death in the United States.

For more information about Ebola VHF and other communicable diseases:

www.cdc.org

www.who.int

If you have questions, please contact Kevin Reynolds:

Kevin Reynolds
Dean of Student Affairs
Main Administration Building
(859) 344-3544
reynolk@thomasmore.edu

Updated: October 28, 2014