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Posted February 18, 2020

University of North Carolina Greensboro is continuing to monitor the coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China.
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Posted: January 29, 2020

Important Health Message from UNC Greensboro

As you are likely aware, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and continues to expand. The majority of confirmed cases are in China, however, there are confirmed cases in other countries, including the United States. There are no confirmed cases in North Carolina at this time.

We are actively monitoring information being provided by local, state, and federal health authorities.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that include the common cold. Our understanding of this new strain of the virus will continue to improve over the coming weeks, but here are several important things to keep in mind. Currently:

  • • News coverage of the situation is very heavy, and continues to change. We suggest monitoring the CDC Novel Coronavirus Website for the most accurate information, but also be sure to pay attention to messages and updates from UNCG specific to our community.
  • • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) views the risk to the general US population as low.
  • • Concern is centered around individuals who have recently traveled to China.
  • • As such, the CDC and the State Department have recommended that all non-essential travel to China be avoided. For updated travel notices related to the outbreak, visit the CDC’s Travelers Health site.
  • • Many study abroad programs in China have been suspended.

This virus, like the flu, causes respiratory symptoms (e.g., congestion, coughing, fever).
We are currently in cold and flu season. The standard recommendations to stay healthy during cold and flu season apply to this virus as well:

  • • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • • Frequently clean hands by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.
  • • Cover your cough/sneeze (with flexed elbow or tissue), and wash your hands immediately after.
  • • Immunize yourself against the flu if you have not already.

As always, and especially during flu season, if you begin to feel sick—particularly with fever, cough, or shortness of breath within 14 days of returning from China or other countries— contact Student Health Services at 336-334-3148 or your primary care provider.

UNCG campus updates will be available on the Student Health Services website Health Alert.

Posted: January 28, 2020

An additional case of mumps has been confirmed within the UNC Greensboro community. Student Health Services remains in collaboration/communication with the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services to increase awareness about the mumps.

Any individual who was determined to be a close contact through their investigation has already been contacted and no mass immunization clinics are planned.

Symptoms of mumps include:
• low grade fever
• headache
• muscle aches
• tiredness
• loss of appetite
• swollen/tender salivary glands along the jaw or behind the ears.

The incubation period for this confirmed case is from 1/13/2020 to 2/6/2020. Students who develop mumps symptoms during this time, please contact Student Health Services (336-334-5340), their local healthcare provider, or Guilford County Department of Public Health (336-641-6500 or 336-641-5598).

Posted: January 14, 2020

At the conclusion of the Fall semester, there were no additional known students with symptoms of or confirmed mumps.
As students return to classes, to prevent spread of ALL infections:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
• Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
o Use your upper sleeve, not your hand.
• Avoid sharing food, drinks, utensils, cigarettes or vaping devices.
• Disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, counters, tables.

Posted: November 12, 2019

At this time, our confirmed number of mumps cases remains at 1. We have had 2 additional cases that were suspicious for mumps that were placed in isolation for the timeframe recommended by Guilford County Department of Public Health. Their initial testing has been negative. There are currently no students in isolation.

It is possible that we may see additional cases due to the longer incubation period of the virus.

Students exhibiting signs or symptoms consistent with mumps should either schedule an appointment with Student Health Services or, by calling 336-334-5340 (limited online appointments are available) or visit your primary care physician.

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For additional information about mumps: CDC Website
  • ✱Low grade fever
  • ✱headache
  • ✱muscle aches
  • ✱tiredness
  • ✱loss of appetite
  • ✱swollen/tender salivary glands along the jaw or behind the ears
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To prevent further spread of infections:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.

Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing; use your upper sleeve, not your hand.

Avoid sharing food, drinks and items such as utensils, cigarettes or vaping devices.

Avoid participating in activities that may result in saliva exposure.