Many of us have read or recently heard about the individuals escorted from an airplane and taken to Boston hospitals with possible Ebola symptoms. To date, none of these individuals have been confirmed to have Ebola. Much effort is being taken to identify any suspected cases of Ebola, especially during the flu season. This disease is not spread by coughing, sneezing or by sharing food.
Ebola is difficult to contract unless a person comes in contact with bodily fluids of a sick person. It is fortunate for us that our Massachusetts Department of Public Health Laboratory, located in Jamaica Plain, is one of sixteen United States facilities that can test for Ebola. The test results must be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) located in Georgia.
Be assured that our College Health Services is in close contact with the Boston and Massachusetts Departments of Public Health through weekly briefings. If you have recently been to West Africa, plan to travel there, have had any possible exposure to Ebola or have any concerns about Ebola, please call the College Nurse, Ruth Hines, (see below telephone number). The flu season has already begun in the United States, and please keep the following in mind:
- Get the flu vaccine
- Limit close contact with sick individuals
- Cover your cough or sneeze
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer
- Seek medical care if you are sick
Coordinator of Health Services
(617) 427-0060, ext. 5030