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Communicable Disease Outbreak

East Carolina University's Communicable Disease Outbreak Committee is charged with reviewing the Communicable Disease Outbreak Management Response Plan, developing and tracking preparedness tasks and accomplishments, encouraging departmental continuity planning, and recommending proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to stock.  The Committee is composed of representatives from various offices and departments from ECU, Vidant Medical Center, and Pitt County.

2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa and ECU's Response

The ECU Communicable Disease Outbreak Committee has been meeting since early August to review the previous version of the Pandemic Influenza Response Plan and make appropriate changes.  As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services (NC DHHS) continue to release guidance, the Committee reviews the information and adapts the University's plan.  Travel has been modified such that ECU-business travel to and through an Ebola-affected country will not be supported by the University, unless reviewed and approved by the appropriate administrators.  For more information regarding travel procedures, click here.

The Committee will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as warranted.

2014 Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Response

The seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses.  It is spread between people, when a person with the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks and droplets containing their germs land in your mouth or nose.  You can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.

According to Flu.Gov, approximately 5 - 20 % of US residents get the flu each year.  Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May, often peaking in January or February.  Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself (and your loved ones) from the flu:

  • Everyone, 6 months of age and older, should get vaccinated against the flu
  • ECU Students can get their flu shot (no appointment necessary) from Student Health Services on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays from 8 am - 10 am.  If you cannot make that time, call 328-6841 to schedule an appointment.  Visit the Student Health Center's website for more information.
  • ECU Employees can get their flu shot (no appointment necessary) at the ECU Pharmacy clinics, which run from 9 am - 4pm (just bring your insurance card).

Students, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or have questions/concerns regarding the seasonal flu, contact Student Health Services at (252) 328-6841.

Faculty and staff, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or have questions/concerns regarding the seasonal flu, contact Prospective Health at (252) 744-2070.

Student Health Services and ECU Physicians are treating this seasonal flu outbreak with emphasis on good hand washing practices and masking of coughing patients.  Their procedures may change based on the information provided by state and local health officials.  The CDC has more information on their flu webpage.

Keep ECU Safe & Well

Incorporate the following habits, which are good general practices and especially important during flu outbreaks, into your routine:

  • Monitor the national and local news
  • Departments consider the need for a continuity plan
  • If you have flu-like symptoms (fever over 100.5F, cough, body aches, etc.), please stay home until your fever subsides (for at least 24 hours), don't travel and avoid crowded places
  • Wash your hands frequently throughout the day; use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth until you wash your hands
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue; throw all used tissues immediately in the trash
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Practice good health habits: get plenty of sleep and exercise, eat nutritious meals, manage stress, and drink plenty of fluids
  • Organize a "flu kit" with:
    • Non-mercury thermometer
    • Sanitizing wipes to clean high touch areas, such as door knobs, refrigerator handles, tabletops, toilets, etc.
    • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen (Tylenol or Advil)
    • Cough suppressant and decongestant or a multi-symptom flu relief product
    • Easy to prepare comfort foods (soups, pasta, etc.)

Communicable Disease Outbreak Planning Documents

If you have any questions contact Environmental Health and Safety at 328-6166 or