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Ebola Information Update September 3, 2014



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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-Milwaukee, 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).

1. Monitor your health for 21 days after you leave West Africa and watch for fever, headaches, and body aches.
2. 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 Norris Health Center at 414-229-4716.

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-Milwaukee doing?

Although the risk of exposure is unlikely, UW-Milwaukee and Norris Health Center are following CDC’s guidance 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.

Norris 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, Norris Health Center is staying closely connected to the City of Milwaukee Health Department, the Wisconsin Division of Public Health and leading public health resources.

From the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ebola Overview
Outbreak Updates
Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students about Ebola in West Africa

Welcome new and returning UWM students!

Your health and wellness are important to your success and your ability to take advantage of all that UWM has to offer throughout your time on campus. The Norris Health Center is here to support you in identifying, understanding, and responding to any health-related issues that you may experience. Our caring, professional staff members have extensive training and experience and are dedicated to providing high quality, confidential health care to our student community. As a UWM student, Norris is your resource for medical, mental health, and health promotion services.

Norris Health Center offers very affordable services with no charge for visits to our primary care and mental health professionals and low cost lab and pharmacy services. We provide outpatient general illness, injury, preventive and counseling services Monday through Friday.

We strongly recommend that you carry a health insurance policy that has comprehensive coverage and can be used for services and care in the Milwaukee area outside of the hours that Norris is open and for services beyond what is offered at Norris. Norris Health Center does not bill health insurance for our services but we can provide you with a receipt. Common reasons that students need health insurance include X-rays and other imaging, visits to a specialist, prescription medication coverage, surgery and emergency room care.

UWM offers students a comprehensive policy with a reasonable deductible through Student Assurances. More information about this year's policy is located at www.sas-mn.com. The annual cost of the 2014-2015 Student Health Insurance Plan is $3,986 for students, $11,598 for spouses, and $6,384 for children. The University plan continues to increase in cost related to Affordable Care Act requirements and due to the voluntary nature of the plan. Your health insurance options have greatly expanded this year and include healthcare insurance plans available through the State Marketplaces and BadgerCare Plus which may be more affordable options for you. Individuals can apply and enroll in a Marketplace Plan at www.healthcare.gov. The online application site at https://access.wisconsin.gov is accepting applications for BadgerCare Plus. More information about changes in BadgerCare Plus is located at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/health-care/faq.htm.

For additional information about campus health and safety visit www.cdc.gov/Features/CollegeHealth/ and review the material covered at New Student orientation.

We look forward to being your healthcare provider and a resource for you during your time at UWM.

Let’s Talk is an
exciting program for UWM students!

Let’s Talk is a new and exciting program for UWM students! It provides easy access to informal and confidential support and consultation offered by counselors from Norris Health Center's Counseling and Consultation Services. Counselor consultants will hold drop-in hours at various sites around campus Monday through Thursday. All students are welcome. There is no fee, no appointment necessary, and students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Let's Talk was developed at Cornell University and has been duplicated in at least 15 campuses in the country. The program has received national recognition and been cited in the following articles: "Reaching Students Who Won't Walk In, The Expanding Safety Net, and "Eliminating Racial Disparities in College Completion and Achievement: Current Initiatives, New Ideas, and Assessment."

Examples of who may benefit from Let's Talk:
• Students not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like
• Students not interested in ongoing counseling but would like a counselor’s perspective
• Students who have a specific problem and want to talk it through
• Students who have a concern about a friend and want some ideas about what to do

For more information on the Let’s Talk program along with current schedule, locations and bios for the counselor consultants please click on here.

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