A message from U-M’s Chief Health Officer on Ebola

October 21, 2014

Dear colleagues:

You’ve probably read or heard news reports about the Ebola epidemic occurring in West Africa. I want you to know the University of Michigan has taken preventive measures both on campus and throughout the U-M Health System to ensure we are well prepared to recognize and deal with the Ebola virus should it arise within the campus community.

While the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low, we are behaving in a way to maximize preparedness, minimize risk and not alarm people unnecessarily.

The risk in Michigan at this time, even in light of international travel and the cases identified in Texas, remains very remote.

The United States has seen very few cases of Ebola in recent weeks. Among those few cases, most contracted the disease while in West Africa and were diagnosed there before returning to the U.S. for treatment.  In addition, two healthcare workers in Texas contracted Ebola after caring for a patient with Ebola who died in the hospital where they worked.

There are no cases in the state of Michigan or the Midwest at this time and no reports of the virus in the university community.

We are watching the latest developments regarding Ebola very closely and are prepared to take the necessary action to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our campus community.

I invite you to review the information and resources on this website regarding Ebola. It is incumbent upon all of us to stay informed on this important topic.

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert Winfield,
Chief Health Officer