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Ebola Information and University Preparedness

The Student Health Center, Center for International Education, and Office of Emergency Management are monitoring the Ebola outbreak and coordinating preparedness efforts for the campus. These departments are communicating with local, state, and federal health officials about the situation.

The university has a pandemic plan that designates specific departments as responders in the event of a widespread outbreak of any life-threatening disease. Additionally, the Student Health Center has developed an Ebola guide for the campus at http://studenthealth.utk.edu/ebola.

No students have been identified as a risk for the Ebola virus at this time. All official university travel is monitored, and requests to travel to any affected countries are receiving added scrutiny.

Students, faculty, and staff who have traveled in affected regions of Sierra Leone; Guinea; Liberia; and Lagos or Port Harcourt, Nigeria, during the past twenty-one days but do not have any symptoms are encouraged to call the university’s telephone triage nurse at 865-974-5080 to receive a free over-the-phone Ebola virus disease risk assessment.

If you have traveled to these regions and show any symptoms of the virus, even if only a fever, you should isolate yourself from other people as soon as symptoms develop and consult a health care provider immediately. Be sure to inform them about your recent travel and any potential contacts.

Students eligible for care at the Student Health Center can call the telephone triage nurse at 865-974-5080 or, after hours, the nearest emergency room. Faculty and staff should contact their health care provider.

If you have questions, visit http://studenthealth.utk.edu/ebola or call 865-974-5080.

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