Connecticut College – with information and consultation provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Connecticut public health commissioner, and the local Ledge Light Health District – closely monitors public health issues. Below is information that may be helpful for students, faculty, staff, parents and other visitors to the College.
Prevention of communicable diseases
Students who are currently in areas affected by the zika virus have been contacted by Student Health Services and the Study Away Office. We encourage all students to monitor the CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/) for updates on the virus and affected countries.
The Ebola virus is a very rare disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. People can only get Ebola if they come into contact with the blood or body fluids of sick patients. People also can become sick with Ebola after coming in contact with infected wildlife. The risk of contracting Ebola at the College is very low; however, out of an abundance of caution, Connecticut College will continue to monitor overseas travel, especially during winter and spring breaks. The College will also continue to require that any students who present at Student Health Services with a fever and Ebola-like symptoms are asked about their recent travel.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Ebola symptoms include:
- Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
- Severe headache
- Muscle pain
- Abdominal (stomach) pain
- Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)
Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.
Avoid contact with the bodily fluids of patients who are ill with Ebola.
For the most recent national updates and additional information about Ebola, please visit the following sites:
Enterovirus 68 is a respiratory virus that mostly affects young children, but there have also been some cases diagnosed among teenagers. While college students are not in the at-risk age group for the virus, the College is taking the necessary precautions to advise our campus community about the virus and to encourage preventive measures generally associated with respiratory virus.
Enterovirus can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.
- Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
- Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing. Severe symptoms occur predominantly in children with a prior history of asthma.
You can help prevent yourself from getting and spreading Enterovirus and other respiratory illnesses by following these steps:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
Early fall is considered to be the peak transmission time for the virus, with cases subsiding after about mid-October. The College will continue to monitor news and other health reports regarding the Enterovirus to keep abreast of any changes in the nature of the virus. Additional information will be posted on this site if there is cause for concern.
Members of the Connecticut College community are encouraged to get a flu shot annually, and the College offers seasonal flu shot clinics for students, faculty and staff.
Additionally, there are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
- If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
What to do if you feel sick, when to contact Student Health Services (860) 439-2275 or your local healthcare provider.
- Fever greater than 100
- Recent onset of nasal congestion, sore throat, body aches
Note to Non-Immunized Students
Non-immunized students (those without immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, and/or varicella) will be required to leave campus for three weeks in the event of an outbreak.