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Campus Update on Wuhan Novel Coronavirus

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We want to update the campus community on the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness first identified in Wuhan City in China. National and global public health officials are closely following this developing situation.

At present there are no known cases in the campus community. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and work with our local Cincinnati and Hamilton County Health Departments. We will update the community on any new developments.

All members of our campus communities are reminded to take precautions to prevent spread of infectious disease. These precautions will help reduce your risk of many respiratory infections including influenza, which is widespread in Hamilton County and on campus right now.

Handwashing hygiene and respiratory hygiene (covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze; avoiding touching your eyes) are proven prevention measures.

University Health Services advises persons who recently traveled from Wuhan or other affected areas (in the past 14 days) or have had close contact with some suspected of having an infection with the novel coronavirus to watch for flu-like symptoms (fever > 100.4 orally and respiratory symptoms such as sore throat, cough, or difficulty breathing); and if experiencing symptoms, use a face mask, and seek immediate medical care. If you are asymptomatic (not experiencing symptoms) you do not have to be seen by a provider.

Students should call University Health Services for medical care, 513-556-2564.  Faculty and staff should contact their healthcare provider. Be sure to call before seeking care.

Key points from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 

  • There is an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.
  • Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear how easily the virus spreads between people.
  •  Preliminary information suggests that older adults and people with underlying health conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease from this virus.
  •  Travelers to Wuhan should avoid contact with sick people, animals (alive or dead) and animal markets.
  •  Travelers from Wuhan to the United States, and other countries, may be asked questions about their health and travel history upon arrival.

The situation with regard to 2019-nCoV is still unclear. While severe illness, including illness resulting in deaths, has been reported in China, other patients have had milder illness and been discharged.

Keep informed on the CDC website at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

Get vaccinated it's worth a shot!Congratulations to the three lucky winners of the Fall immunization compliance drawing. 

Look for us around campus. There is another chance to win with the new prize drawing for Spring Semester.

We will be out and about with our interactive basket ball game. If you see us, stop by and try to win a prize!  Are you compliant with the University immunization requirement? All those complaint by February 20th, 2020 are eligible for our next drawing. 
Spring Semester Prizes: 1st place winner - Airpods, 2nd place winner - UC Sweatshirt blanket, 3rd place winner- UC bookstore gift card.

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Health Advisory:  UHS Health Alert:

CDC Update: Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Use or Vaping

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with the Food and Drug Administration, state health departments, and public health and clinical partners to investigate the multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping.

CDC released a media advisory yesterday: https://www.cdc.gov/media/

What You Need to Know

  • As of October 1st, there are 1,080 confirmed or probable cases of lung injury reported from 48 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • As of October 1st, 18 deaths have been confirmed in 15 states.
  • All reported cases have a history of using e-cigarette, or vaping, products.
  • The latest national findings suggest products containing THC play a role in the outbreak. Most of the people in this outbreak reported using THC-containing products, or both THC-containing products and nicotine-containing products.

What’s New on the Lung Injury Response Website This Week

  • Updated case counts, death counts, a map of states reporting cases, and a graph of case counts
  • Updated Specimen Submission Guidance for Pathologic Evaluation
  • Poster for use in healthcare settings
  • New Q&A and resources on marijuana
  • Resources for Youth

The most up-to-date, publicly available information can be found at: www.cdc.gov/lunginjury

Download a summary of key items regarding the lung injuries here

View ACHA recommended resources on e-cigarettes and vaping here

If you have questions, you can contact CDC-INFO at 800-232-4636, or visit https://wwwn.cdc.gov/dcs/ContactUs/Form.

 

Measles Update

From January 1 to June 6, 2019, 1022 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 28 states. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.

The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.

The majority of these cases are in individuals who were not vaccinated for measles with the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella shot.)
Individuals born after 1957 should be vaccinated.  While some may be protected with only one dose, many people in our community need two doses.

The following individuals should have 2 doses of MMR:
-    College students
-    Healthcare workers
-    International travelers

If you are not sure if you were vaccinated, or have questions regarding whether you should receive a booster dose, please contact your primary care physician as soon as possible.  Students can always call UHS for care at 513-556-2564.

The only people who should not get this vaccine are individuals who are pregnant or immune-compromised (HIV, cancer, etc.)  There is no harm in getting an extra dose of vaccine.

In the event of a case of Measles on campus, students will be required to show either proof of vaccination with 2 doses of MMR or a blood test proving immunity.  This may be true for faculty and staff as well.   We are watching recommendations closely from the CDC and other public health authorities.

More information about Measles can be found here:  (Measles resource sheet)

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Tobacco Free UC - Effective May 1, 2017

University Health Services wants all UC students be successful. If you are considering Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) the UHS Pharmacy will have products available at a reasonable cost to help.



Holiday Hours and Closings

Lindner Athletic Center (Main Campus)

Phone: 513-556-2564

Medical Records Fax: 513-556-1337

Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesdays:
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



Holmes  (Medical Campus)

Phone: 513-584-4457
Medical Records Fax: 513-584-2222

Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesdays:
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

(Closed daily 12:15 p.m - 12:45 p.m.)