Student Health Center
The Student Health Center at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh provides a full range of health care services to all registered students.
Updated September 5, 2014
For students, faculty, and staff who have recently traveled from West Africa
Although Ebola poses little threat to the US general population and is very unlikely at UW-Oshkosh, it’s important to be aware of any changes in your health if you have recently traveled to one of the countries where the Ebola outbreaks are occurring (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria).
- Monitor your health for 21 days after you leave West Africa and watch for fever, headaches, and body aches.
- If you become ill, call your primary health care provider immediately to discuss your symptoms, travel, and potential exposure before you go to the clinic or hospital. Students can also call Student Health Center at 920.424.2424.
Avoid travel to affected areas
The CDC has issued their highest level of travel warning against any nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone including education-related travel, to the affected areas in order to facilitate control of the outbreak and prevent continued spread. A travel alert recommending enhanced precautions has been issued for travelers to Nigeria.
What is UW-Oshkosh doing?
Although the risk of exposure is unlikely, UW-Oshkosh follows CDC’sguidance for universities and has been in touch with a small number of students who come from, or who have traveled to, regions most affected by the Ebola outbreak. No students have been assessed as having had risk exposure.
Student Health Center is accustomed to caring for students who have traveled internationally and uses the CDC-recommended protocols for screening, evaluation, isolation, and protective procedures. This screening process is applicable to any returning traveler.
To provide the most up-to-date information, Student Health Center is staying closely connected to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health and leading public health resources.
Ebola: Traveling from West Africa
Updated Sept. 2, 2014
With the recent outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, many questions have come up regarding the risk of infection for travelers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a Level 3 Travel Warning advising against nonessential travel to any of the above countries. In addition, the CDC is continuing its screening and education efforts on the ground to prevent sick passengers from traveling from the affected countries.
If you’re traveling from West Africa:
The CDC asks those returning from affected areas to be aware of any change in their health. Those who have not had direct contact with infected body fluids, animals, or contaminated objects, should monitor their health for a minimum of 10 days and look for the following symptoms:
Joint and muscle aches
Lack of appetite
Symptoms can appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure with 8-10 days being the most common. Anyone who suspects they were exposed should monitor their health for 21 days post exposure and continue to monitor for the following symptoms.
If you recently traveled from the affected areas and find that you’ve developed any of the above symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately—even if it’s just a fever.
UW faculty and staff should contact their private health care provider while students can either contact SHC at 920-424-2424 or their private health care provider. Tell your provider about your recent travel and potential exposure before you go to the doctor’s office or emergency room to prevent potential transmission to others.
For more information, please visit the CDC for the latest updates.
In a recent survey, 99.1 percent of UW Oshkosh students said that they would recommend the Student Health Center and its services to a friend.
For routine services, call our office at (920) 424-2424 to make an appointment or visit us in Radford Hall. Most office visits have no charge.
Testimonials from Patients:
"Thank you so much for everything you have helped me with in the past year. The entire Health Center staff has been absolutely wonderful to work with. You have all made a great positive impact on my life." 5-18-2014
"Thank you for treating me so well when I came in with chest pains. I am really terrified of being in medical facilities, especially by myself. You cared and I could tell." 5-18-2014
"You are amazing! Thank you for holding my hand when no one else was there to do so. You helped make the whole experience a lot less scary. You were like a mom to me. The world is short on truly wonderful people like you! Thank you so much!"