The following message was sent on behalf of Dr. Cecil Price, director of the University’s Student Health Service, on Jan. 24 to students, faculty and staff:
Wake Forest University is aware of the situation in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The university and the Student Health Service are monitoring the situation and following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS). The following actions have been taken:
The CDC has notified healthcare professionals that the incubation period (the time from potential exposure to the time illness develops) is 14 days. Students returning to campus from travel abroad would have, most likely, returned no later than January 12. We, therefore, do not expect any potential cases of this virus to occur on this campus related to that travel beyond January 27.
If you have been to Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, within the last 14 days and developed the illness’ symptoms, please contact your health care provider immediately, and let them know you have been to Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath.
On campus, students may contact the Student Health Service 24/7 at 336-758-5218. Faculty and staff are advised to contact their primary care provider. While travel to Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, increases the suspicion for the 2019-nCoV infection, it is likely that the cause of symptoms is infection with the influenza virus (the flu). The campus and Triad region have begun to see an increase in incidence of the flu over the last week.
More information about 2019-nCoV can be found on the CDC website.
Wake Forest will provide an update to students, faculty and staff if necessary.
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