University of Dallas Closely Monitoring Information About Dallas Ebola Case
The University of Dallas is closely monitoring information related to the Ebola virus,
including information about two health care workers at Dallas' Texas Health Presbyterian
Hospital who tested positive for the virus.
It is important to remember that unlike many other viruses, Ebola virus disease (EVD)
is not spread via airborne droplets, but only by exposure to body fluids (blood, vomitus, diarrhea, urine or saliva) once a person
has become ill.
Since the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health
Services are working with the Dallas County Health Department to closely monitor any
person who was possibly exposed to this patient, it is very unlikely that this case
will spread outside of the immediate community related to this patient.
Moreover, as noted by the CDC Director, Thomas Frieden, U.S. hospitals have all the
necessary infrastructure "to stop Ebola in its tracks." The primary reason that EVD
has been able to spread in Africa is the lack of stringent infection control measures
which are routine practice in U.S. hospitals and health centers to contain the spread
of other blood and body fluid borne diseases like Hepatitis B and HIV.
The university has protocols in place to help provide a safe environment on campus,
and it is in communication with students and parents regarding the situation in Dallas. Students
are encouraged to practice routine hygiene measures to avoid common viral infections
such as washing hands frequently, avoidance of touching other people's potential infectious
fluids, and getting vaccinations when appropriate.
Important information about Ebola is available from the Centers for Disease Control
at and from Texas Health Resources at http://texashealth.org/ebola-answers.
We will update this page as new information becomes available from the Centers for
Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services. For more information
Centers for Disease Control Ebola virus updates and information
Texas Department of State Health Services
Dallas County Health and Human Services
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas