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The University of Texas at Dallas
October 2014
Ebola in Dallas: Concern Understandable, But Risk Extremely Low
In this time of heightened concern that we all share due to the confirmation of the first travel-associated case of the Ebola virus in the U.S., I want to assure you that protecting the health and safety of students and all those who make up our campus community is our highest priority.

UTD Doctor
The risk of contracting the Ebola virus is extremely low, but precautions should be taken to avoid more common seasonal illnesses. The Student Health Center provides information and services to students.
At UT Dallas, we began taking pre-emptive actions as we monitored the situation abroad during the summer. Our Emergency Management Office provided regular updates as we prepared for the new semester, reviewing our plans and procedures for handling extreme medical situations. That planning was and is informed by existing relationships with the City of Richardson Office of Emergency Management, Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Dallas County Health and Human Services, Texas Department of State Health Services, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Through these agencies, the University is carefully monitoring the developing situation. We are aware that a case of the virus was confirmed in Dallas by the CDC, working with county, state and hospital authorities. 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.

Some reassuring facts to keep in mind: Ebola is extremely rare. Ebola is not transmitted through the air, as some viruses are, or through food. It is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. Circumstances favoring transmission are not likely to surface on our campus. You can learn more here.

What can you, as a parent, do? Encourage your student to practice the basic steps that can protect us all from many kinds of illnesses: frequent hand washing, getting adequate food and rest, avoiding contact with those who are ill. And if students do become ill, they need to stay away from class or work and contact the Student Health Center. Please know that we are fully committed to providing an environment that is safe and conducive to teaching and learning. We recognize and empathize with the difficulty of parenting a college student from afar. We're here to help you and to address any concern you may have.

David E. Daniel
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UT Dallas
"President to Parent" is an electronic newsletter distributed to parents of undergraduate students. It comes from the desk of Dr. David E. Daniel, president of The University of Texas at Dallas.

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