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Norovirus

Is a viral infection that can not be treated by antibiotics. It is acquired from contaminated food and water, infected people or by touching contaminated surfaces. Symptoms usually include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and stomach cramping lasting for 1-2 days. Some people may experience fever, chills and general malaise as well. If infected with Norovirus, drink plenty of non caffeinated non alcoholic beverages to replenish fluids lost from vomiting and diarrhea. If dehydration becomes severe contact your physician. Frequent hand-washing and disinfecting of exposed surfaces helps prevent the spread of norovirus. Please check out the CDC website for complete up to date information. Other sites to visit are:

LA County Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health.


Measles

What is measles/symptoms?

Measles is an infectious viral disease. It begins with a fever that lasts for a couple of days, followed by a cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). A rash starts on the face and upper neck, spreads down the back and trunk, then extends to the arms and hands, as well as the legs and feet. After about 5 days, the rash fades in the same order in which it appeared.

How can I catch measles?

Measles is highly contagious. Infected people are usually contagious from about 4 days before their rash starts to 4 days afterwards. The measles virus resides in the mucus in the nose and throat of infected people. When they sneeze or cough, droplets spray into the air and the droplets remain active and contagious on infected surfaces for up to 2 hours.

Treatment:

Seek medical advise or see your physician.

Prevention:

  • Receive the MMR vaccine.
  • Stay clear of infected individuals especially during the 8 day window.

California Department of Public Health
Center for Disease Control


Affordable Care Act

Health Insurance Market Place:

Resources:

  • HealthCare.gov

    • www.healthcare.gov

    • Available 24/7 by phone at 1 800 318 2596

    • Live chat available on website or sign up to receive information via text messages.

  • Covered California


West Nile Virus: FAQS

What is West Nile Virus (WNV)?

West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans and pets through the bite of an infected mosquito. Infected mosquitos become WNV carriers after they feed on infected birds. WNV is not spread by contact/touch or kissing and or breathing the same air as an infected person.

Symptoms:

Symptoms can develop 3-14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms may vary and include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting, headache and sometimes swollen lymph glands, a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms may last for few days. Some infected people may not develop any symptoms at all and can go undiagnosed. On rare occasions, severe cases may cause central nervous symptoms.

Treatment:

Mild symptoms do not require any treatment. More severe symptoms require medical intervention including hospitalization.

Prevention:

  • Avoid areas that might be mosquito-prone at dawn and dusk.

  • Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.

  • Use insect repellent (should contain DEET) before going outdoors.

  • Empty all outside standing water containers i.e. neglected swimming pools, ponds, pet water dishes, pots, birdbaths, etc.

  • Repair and replace window and door screen to keep mosquitos out.

  • Report dead birds and squirrels to the West Nile Virus and Dead Bird Hotline at 1 877 968 2473

  • Get informed and get more information from the Centre for Disease Control and for California with the Latest West Nile Virus Activity.


Ebola Virus Information

EVD (Ebola VIrus Disease) is transmitted through direct contact with infected secretions such as saliva, vomit, diarrhea and blood of an infected individual. Transmission can also occur via contact with tears, sweat, urine and or touching contaminated objects like needles; touching or feeding from contaminated meat products, touching infected animals, their blood or other body fluids. It is not airborne or spread by droplets eg sneezing, coughing etc Only patients who are sick with the disease or show signs of being ill with the disease (symptomatic) are contagious and can therefore transmit the virus to others via their secretions. EV incubation period is 2-21 days with most of the individuals becoming symptomatic in 8-10 days.

Symptoms:

  • Sudden fever, often as high as 103*-105*

  • Intense weakness, sore throat and headache

  • Profuse vomiting and diarrhea usually occur 1-2 days after the above mentioned symptoms.

  • More severe symptoms can occur 24-48 hours

  • Bleeding from nasal and or oral cavities, with hemorrhagic skin blisters, renal failure and multisystem organ failure can aggressively progress in 3-5 days.

Treatment:

Supportive care and isolation is the only available treatment at this time. For more information check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Ebola. More can be found at the World Health Organization on Ebola.

Prevention:

  • Frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing.

  • Avoid contact with blood and or body fluids/secretions generally and especially/primarily with infected individuals.

  • Avoid contact with animals (bats, non human primates), infected animals (infected animals raw meat) or consuming meat product from infected animals.

  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected individuals blood or body fluids/secretions.

  • Do not touch the dead body of an individual who has died from EV.

  • Seek medical care immediately if you develop the prior mentioned symptoms and limit your contact with others until you are seen by a Medical Doctor.

  • Avoid nonessential travel to Ebola prone areas and or areas where EVD is occurring. Receive up to date information on the specified countries at CDC Travel Health Notices

Sites to check out for more information:

Center For Disease Control

CDC Traveler's Health on Ebola


Announcements

Health Services Will Be Closed on These Dates:

2018-2019

  • 09-0​3-2018   For Labor Day

  • 11-12-2018 Veterans Day

  • 11-22-2018 and 11-25-2018 Thanksgiving

  • 12-24-2018 to 01-01-2019 Winter Break

  • 01-21-2019 Martin Luther King Day

  • 02-8-2019 and 02-18-2019 Lincoln's Day and Presidents Day

  • 04-8-2019 to 04-12-2019 Spring Break

  • 05-27-2019 Memorial Day

  • 07-04-2019 Independence Day

Summer and Winter Hours Please Call the Health Office (310) 434-4262

Health Services Center Hours

Summer hours subject to changes 2018:

July 30th through August 26th ​

Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fall and Spring Hours are:

Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. –  3 p.m.

The Dietitian’s hours are Tuesday – Thursday, by appointment or walk-in.

The dietitians hours vary please call Diane to schedule appointments (310) 434 4421 during business hours. Diane is not available for consultations during the summer and winter sessions

Student Health follows the Academic calendar and is closed on Institutional Flex days, College holidays, and during Spring break.

Please call (310) 434-4262 for further questions. If you are having a medical emergency, CALL 911 immediately!