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Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday break December 4, 2014

Dear faculty, staff, and students,

As we enter into the holiday season, we would like to ensure that you are well-informed and have a safe vacation. The UH Health Center is continuing to monitor the Ebola outbreak and is keeping clinical staff updated and trained on the latest CDC recommendations.

Important Travel Update

The countries most impacted by the Ebola outbreak are Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 3 Travel warning to avoid non-essential travel to these areas. Mali has also seen a small number of cases and the CDC has issued a Level 2 notice to take enhanced precautions if traveling to that area.

Faculty, staff, or students who may be travelling to Liberia, Guinea, Mali or Sierra Leone for university business, humanitarian aid or other personal reasons over the upcoming holiday break should notify the university of your travel plans. If you plan to travel to the above countries, please contact Jennifer Nguyen, chief nurse in the UH Health Center, at 713.743.5133.

The United States now requires all air travelers to the United States whose trip starts in Guinea, Liberia, Mali or Sierra Leone to enter through one of five US airports (JFK in New York, Newark in New Jersey, Dulles in Virginia near Washington D.C., Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, and O’Hare in Chicago) and undergo enhanced entry screening. You will be given a CARE (Check and Report Ebola) Kit with information about Ebola and tools to help you check your temperature and symptoms each day for 21 days.

Know the Symptoms

Keep in mind that flu season is upon us. Please know the signs and symptoms of the flu virus, which should not be confused with Ebola. The flu is not Ebola and Ebola is not flu.

Please refer to the CDC Ebola webpages for the latest information and to the UH Health Center’s website for additional updates and frequently asked questions. Know the facts, protect yourself, and stay healthy.

Enjoy the rest of your semester and see you in the New Year.

Paula Myrick Short, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Richard Walker, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services