Flu & Infectious Disease

Flu & Infectious Disease

Infectious Disease - Lane Community College has an infectious disease plan we update to prepare for flu season, Ebola, or any other infectious disease epidemic. Ebola is in the news lately and while no one associated with Lane Community College has been directly affected, the medical staff at the Lane Health Clinic encourages everyone to be informed about the risks, especially if upcoming travel plans include affected areas.

The Lane County Public Health Department and Oregon Health Authority work to keep all of us up-to-date on risk to Oregonians, treatment resources, and prevention methods for our community. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that this outbreak does not pose a significant threat to the public in the United States, but the agency has issued travel notices advising against nonessential travel to the countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and recommending enhanced precautions for travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria.

While the spread of Ebola virus is currently being studied, it is widely believed to spread primarily through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with a sick person's blood or body fluids (urine, saliva, feces, vomit, and semen), objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated, with infected body fluids, and infected animals.

Students, faculty, and staff planning to travel to other West African countries should register through the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website and enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). For more information about the disease, including signs and symptoms, transmission, and risk of exposure see the CDC Ebola website.