Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains which are found in several African countries. There have been several outbreaks of Ebola since 1976 sporadically in Africa and this most recent outbreak has been in Liberia, New Guinea and Sierra Leone where thousands of people have been infected. There have been 3 cases in the United States, all in people who were in close contact with someone with Ebola. The first was a man who travelled to the US from Liberia after having been exposed to Ebola. The other two are health care workers who cared for him. There are reports that these 2 nurses cared for him for several days before personal protective equipment was recommended. 70-100 other people were exposed to this patient but have not come down with the disease. These are the only cases in the US. There have been no cases in Massachusetts.
The Framingham State University Community is at very low risk for Ebola exposure. We have no international students studying with us from West Africa nor do we have students studying abroad in West Africa. In order to get infected with Ebola you have to have direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is sick with Ebola. The director of the Health Center is in close contact with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health through weekly conference call updates. We do not expect any cases at FSU but we do have a plan in place if there is a suspected case and will follow the guidance of the MA DPH.
For further information about Ebola, please see these websites:
Phone: (508) 626-4900
Fax: (508) 626-4024
The Framingham State University Health Center is located on the first floor of Foster Hall at the corner of State and Maynard Road (next to the McCarthy Center.) The Health Center offers acute and primary care services by a staff of board certified nurse practitioners. All students regardless of insurance can receive care at the Health Center.
The Health and Wellness Center offers a safe and welcoming environment for students of all shapes, sizes, identities, and sexual orientation.
Hours of Operation:Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm
(Appointments are necessary) (508) 626-4900
Emergencies: If the Health Center is closed, contact Campus Police (508) 626-4911
This office, within the Health Center, provides education and resources to the FSU community about the importance of making healthy choices and encourages students to see the connection between their lifestyle choices and their successes.