disease is an infectious disease that is spread
from person-to-person through casual contact or
respiratory droplet, to include, but not
exclusively, the following: Tuberculosis (TB),
measles (Rubella), German measles (Rubella),
hepatitis, and meningitis. Additionally, the
University community and the Student Health
Center should pay particular attention to the
different subtypes of Type A influenza viruses.
Included in this category is the
or bird flu which continues to spread
worldwide. This type of disease can have a
devastating impact on the health and welfare of
the students, employees, and the surrounding
which can potentially threaten the health of the
campus community as an epidemic include:
German measles (Rubella)
The Director of
the Student Health Services shall be notified
about all known acute and suspected cases of any
of the above diseases involving any member of
the University community (students, faculty, or
this information, the Director of the Student
Health Services will convey only the necessary
information to the Campus Emergency Coordinator
and/or the Chancellor.
The Director of
Student Health Services will also contact the
East Baton Rouge Public Health Department to
obtain the latest recommendations about the
management and prevention of the spread of the
specific strain of communicable microbe,
requesting appropriate vaccines and/or
medications, as well as requesting additional
professional and clerical assistance, if deemed
necessary. The Public Health professionals will
be asked to assist the Student Health Clinic
staff with surveillance and outbreak containment
measures, including administration of
appropriate vaccines and medications.
health professionals will monitor the index
cases, look for linked cases, and provide
appropriate diagnostic, prophylactic, and
therapeutic measures to the affected
individual(s). Although the route of
transmission and degree of infection varies
depending on the specific infectious disease,
individuals with the following relationships to
the index case will be educated about the
disease in question to the extent possible
faculty, and staff will be told to report any
signs and symptoms of the illness to their
private physician or to the professionals at the
Student Health Center, where they can be seen,
to receive a confidential medical consultation,
appropriate treatment, and/or referral to
community health organizations, as medically
The Director of
Student Health Services will work with the
Office of Media Relations to provide medical
information concerning the communicable disease
to the media, students, staff, and family
members. When appropriate, such as in cases
involving meningococcal meningitis, the Director
will prepare a letter to the University
community and parents of students to inform them
of the following: signs and symptoms, clues to
early recognition, who is at risk, preventive
measures including vaccination when appropriate,
treatment procedures, and local sources for
referral (Student Health Center, public health
clinics, hospital emergency rooms, private
3. General Infection Control
a. Visual Alerts
When warranted and
as instructed by the Director of Student Health
Services, post visual alerts (in appropriate
languages) prominently at the entrances to all
locations where individuals congregate.
literature in easily visible and accessible
b. Respiratory hygiene/cough
To contain respiratory
secretions, all persons with signs and symptoms
of a respiratory infection, regardless of
presumed cause, should:
nose/mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Use tissues to
contain respiratory secretions.
Dispose of tissues
in the nearest waste receptacle after use.
hygiene after contact with respiratory
secretions and contaminated objects/materials.
c. Masking and separation of
persons with symptoms of respiratory infection
During periods of
increased respiratory infection in the
community, offer masks to persons who are
coughing. (Respirator masks are not necessary.)
persons, however, to sit at least 3 feet away
from others in common areas.
d. Physical safeguards
availability of waste receptacles.
availability of soap and disposable towels for
hand washing where sinks are available.
e. General hand washing
In addition to respiratory
hygiene, always wash your hands after:
Going to the bathroom.
Before and after eating.
After contact with or being near
someone who is ill.
Before and after handling and
After touching animals.
Become informed about the signs and symptoms of
acute respiratory illnesses that might pose a
public health threat. Visit the web site of the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at
for detailed information on many illnesses. If
you are ill, stay home to avoid infecting
others. See a health care professional for
evaluation if you are concerned.