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Ebola Advisory

The first case of the Ebola virus in the United States was diagnosed on Tuesday, September 30, by the Centers for Disease Control at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. That patient, sadly, has passed away. His immediate associates are being closely observed by health authorities who have placed restrictions on those individuals' mobility. None of them is reported to have shown symptoms thus far. Two nurses involved in caring for the first patient have tested positive for the virus and are being cared for.

The CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services are managing the case in cooperation with the Dallas County Health Department and Texas Health Presbyterian. The University is carefully monitoring the situation through these agencies.

Ebola is very rare and is not spread through airborne transmission

 

What is Ebola?

Some countries in West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone) are experiencing an outbreak (dramatic increase in number of cases) of Ebola. Although this virus is rare in the United States, three cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in Dallas County. It is important to know the facts and take precautions.

Ebola is a virus transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected, symptomatic person or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected blood or bodily fluids.

What are the symptoms of Ebola?

Symptoms include the sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, and in some cases, bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, or rectum.

How can I protect myself and others?

  • Avoid all contact with blood and body fluids of infected people or animals.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
  • If you lived in, visited or stayed in any of the areas where Ebola cases have been recently reported, seek medical attention if you feel sick or have any of the symptoms listed above. Students who are unsure of their symptoms should contact the Student Health Center at 972.883.2747. Faculty and staff should consult their primary care physician.
  • If you have a fever of 100 degrees or higher, or any of the symptoms listed above do not report to work or school.
  • For more information related to the recent Ebola outbreak by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/ebola.)

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Ebola

Q: How is The University of Texas at Dallas monitoring the Ebola situation in Dallas?

A: The University continues to monitor the situation closely through daily contact with national, state and local health agencies. The UT Dallas Office of Emergency Management also communicates internally to Student Affairs, the Student Health Center, Student Housing, the International Center, Office of Communications and Police Department.

Q: Has anyone at UT Dallas had contact with any of the Ebola patients in Dallas?

A: The original travel-related patient had no known direct ties to anyone at UT Dallas. Recently, two nurses who cared for the original patient have been confirmed to have the virus. They have been transferred to hospitals outside Texas. The Centers for Disease Control and other health officials continue to gather information on people who had contact with these new patients.

Q: How is UT Dallas keeping the campus safe from Ebola?

A: UT Dallas has developed an action plan to protect the campus community.

  • The campus community has been advised to observe normal health precautions to prevent any illness, including washing your hands frequently, covering sneezes and coughs, and getting immunizations, including an annual flu shot.
  • Early symptoms of Ebola are similar to that of the flu. Symptoms include a fever of greater than 101.5, severe headache, muscle pain and weakness, diarrhea and vomiting. Students, faculty and staff have been told that if they exhibit these symptoms they should visit a healthcare provider.
  • The UT Dallas Student Health Center in the Student Services Building is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday. Students can call the center at 972.883.2747. Faculty and staff should consult their primary care physician. In a health emergency, individuals on campus should call UTD Police at 911 or 972.883.2222.
  • Faculty, staff and students may also contact the University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 972.883.4111.

Q: What happens if someone on campus has been exposed to Ebola?

A: If an individual on campus reports a possible exposure to Ebola, the University would notify local health authorities at the City of Richardson as well as the Dallas County and Collin County health departments. CDC guidelines state that those exposed to the Ebola virus should have their health monitored for 21 days following exposure.

Q: What is the most updated information about Ebola?

A: Ebola is a rare but deadly disease, according to the CDC. The disease is spread by contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is infected and showing symptoms of the disease. More information can be found on the CDC website. The CDC also has put together a page with advice for colleges, universities and students about Ebola in West Africa.

 

A Message from President Daniel:

Ebola in Dallas: Concern Understandable, But Risk Extremely Low

 

OSHA Factsheet:

Cleaning and Decontamination of Ebola on Surfaces (PDF)

 

CDC Factsheet:

What You Need to Know About Ebola (PDF)

Managing our Safety, Health and Environment


Collaborative Services

Welcome to The University of Texas at Dallas(UTD) Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). We are a collaborative services unit of the University, devoted to ensuring the health and safety of all UTD employees, students and visitors.

This web site is a part of our management system; providing access to information on EHS's many services and resources. It provides links to documentation regarding regulatory requirements, guidance to assist you with risk reduction, and important information to lead our University community toward being good stewards of our resources and the environment.

Operating Mission

It is our goal to insure that you have a safe and healthy living, working and learning experience on campus. Please use the links provided at the left to report safety or environmental concerns, request services,download forms, register for training sessions or review online training presentations. You can also review policies, guidance documents and a wide variety of other resources in many program areas.

  • Building Fire Drills
    To ensure that everyone can quickly and safely evacuate from the buildings when necessary.
     
  • Administration
    As part of the Office of Administration, our first priority to maintain a Safe Work Place area.
  • University Apartments
    A safer place with all necessary precautions for your safety.
     
  • Building Fire Drills
    Regular drills are made with support from Richardson Fire Department.
  • Building Fire Drills
    UTD EHS + Richardson Fire Department make the Fire Drill more effective.
     
  • Department Stalls
    Educating the campus during the National Preparedness week.
     
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Important Phone Numbers

Essential phone numbers for campus departments and local emergency contact information.

Recorded Status of University:972-883-7669
UTD Police: 972-883-2222
Environmental Health and Safety: 972-883-4111
Emergency Management: 972-883-2420
Facilities Management: 972-883-2147
Energy Management Services: 972-883-2177

Welcome to UT Dallas - Your Safe Campus (Videos)

Preparedness Fair

The Preparedness Fair benefits our campus by providing students and faculty a one-stop-shop for all of our campus emergency preparedness and safety information.

Emergency Reference Guide

The purpose of the Emergency Reference Guide is to educate you on the proper procedures for handling an emergency situation. This Emergency Reference Guide will be a valuable tool to help you with quick action procedures in times of disaster or emergency.

Emergency Notifications

Provides information related to communication methods and mediums utilized during times of emergency. This section covers Mass Communication, Outdoor Warning Systems, Indoor Warning Systems and local media outlets that will provide critical information in times of emergency.

Health Care and Medical Emergencies

UTD Student Health Center provides care and treatment for acute illnesses and minor injuries to currently enrolled UT Dallas students. It is the goal of the UTD Student Health Center to provide quality medical care, health education, and preventive medicine at a minimal cost. Chronic and serious health problems are out of their scope of practice and are referred to off-campus healthcare providers.

Student Counseling Center

The UT Dallas Student Counseling Center provides programs and services designed to assist students in achieving emotional well-being necessary to success. Help is given to students to manage academic and personal demands more effectively. The Counseling Center's professional staff of licensed psychologists/counselors is available by appointment or in times of emergency. All counseling is confidential. Successful Student Workshop series is offered through the Spring and Fall semesters.

Residence Hall Safety & Security

Leasing Offices, Residential Life and Peer Advisors participate in safety measures

  • The living areas of the residence halls can only be accessed with personal ID card available only to residents of that facility. Locks are changed when a resident loses his or her room key.
  • Staff is always available with established on-duty rotations. The staff has a myriad of responsibilities regarding student safety including conducting regular health and safety inspections of all student rooms/apartments and several "building rounds" within the building.
  • All campus living areas have heat/smoke detection equipment to facilitate early warning and evacuation in case of an emergency related to a potential fire. Staff members complete fire extinguisher and sprinkler system training prior to the fall opening of the apartment and residence hall.

Personal Safety and Crime Prevention

The Department's Crime Prevention Unit is supervised by the Captain of Administrative & Investigative Services, and comprised of a Crime Prevention Corporal and a Crime Prevention Non-Commissioned Officer. The unit serves as the primary coordinator of Crime Prevention Programs and is assisted by other officers serving in support roles. Areas of responsibility include group presentations, awareness & orientation programs. Additionally the unit works with other community oriented programs for student involvement with the UTD Police Department such as the Law Enforcement Explorers program.

Responding to an Evacuation

Notify other building occupants of the emergency. The best way to alert others is by activating the building's emergency alarm system as you leave the building. Notify 911 of the emergency from a safe location. Stay on the line with the dispatcher so that he or she can get all the information needed to respond to the call.

Always evacuate. Do not ever assume that the alarm is just a drill; you must evacuate at all times the alarm sounds. Close the door behind you and proceed carefully through your predetermined route. Do not use the elevator. If an exit is blocked, use an alternate path. After you have entered a stairwell, make sure the door closes behind you. Once outside, move away from the building to a Evacuation Assembly Area safe. Do not return to the building until you are instructed to do so.

Severe Weather

There are many weather threats the university and the North Texas region face, including Tornados, Storms, Floods, Winter Storms and also the effects of Tropical Storms and Hurricanes. Due to the level of risk these various storms may cause the following information has been provided to better prepare our university and students on how to properly react in times of emergency due to these various acts of nature.

Plan Ahead

Includes information that is essential to have in times of emergency and includes instructions on how to properly plan and prepare for a disaster. Every UT Dallas student and employee should have a communication plan with contact information for all roommates and/or family members. A sample form of a communication plan, emergency checklist and emergency kit has been provided.

Bomb Threats and Suspicious Packages

The Powerpoint presentation has been provided to serve as an introduction on how to properly respond to bomb threats or suspicious packages found on the UTD campus.

Emergency Call Boxes

Emergency call boxes are bronze in color on the academic portions of the campus, and blue in the residential areas of the campus. All E-Phones have a blue light at the top of the pole which illuminates at dusk. They are strategically located on the UT Dallas Campus in the academic and residential areas of the campus, and are designed for emergency situations. These E-Phones are connected directly to the Police Communications Center and have a button to push for service. If at any time a callbox button is pushed and you are unable to answer, an officer will be dispatched to that location immediately.

Student Group Travel / Off-Campus Activity

 

Updated:November 7, 2012

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