While there is no epidemic of Ebola in the United States at present, Temple University is working to develop robust plans and protocols to ensure the safety of our staff and students should our community be confronted with an Ebola case. We are confident that we will have the necessary plans in place should that situation arise.
Temple University is fortunate to be working closely with Temple University Health System (TUHS), which has developed policies that build on national Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommendations. In addition to the rigorous infection control precautions in place at TUHS, we are able to draw from the expertise of our TUHS physicians. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Herbert Cushing is one of several hospital system representatives to testify before Philadelphia’s City Council on Ebola preparedness, and Infectious Disease specialist, faculty member Dr. Eileen Farnon, has first-hand field experience fighting numerous cases of Ebola in Africa.
Temple University has formed a university-wide task force to address planning needs in a measured and thoughtful way. Temple Health Services has been fully engaged in the TUHS planning process since before the semester began, has preemptively prepared for equipment needs, and will be fully prepared to address the challenge of dealing with the isolation and transportation of Ebola patients, should that moment arise. As you may likely know, Ebola is spread only via contact with the bodily fluids of someone symptomatic with Ebola or with contaminated equipment. When properly managed and contained, Ebola can be treated and further transmission prevented.
Preparedness begins with every one of us. In order to ensure that we are all kept safe, we continue to require that anyone who has been in Ebola-affected West African countries (Sierra Leone, Liberia, or Guinea) in the 21 days before arriving on campus contact Temple University Health Services to undergo a brief telephone assessment, using CDC guidelines. Students should call 215-204-7500 and faculty and staff should call Employee Health Services at 215-204-2679. If you have recently travelled to West Africa, particularly Sierra Leone, Liberia, or Guinea, and become ill, please immediately call Temple University Health Services or the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258). Additional travel to Ebola-affected regions is strongly discouraged at this time, and the university will not fund travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, or Liberia.
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Working with experts across TUHS, we will continue to monitor this situation and send you periodic updates as necessary. In the meantime, please contact Health Services. For additional information about the virus, please read the CDC’s Ebola fact sheet and visit the CDC’s website. To find out more local information, visit the website for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health's Division of Disease Control.
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