If the campuswide siren sounds, do the following:
- Check your cell phone for a text message
- Check UMaine.edu for emergency information
- Check your email
If those options are not available, call 581.INFO (581.4636) to listen to a recorded message with more information.
Spring 2016 public health information
Cutler Health Center at the University of Maine is prepared to manage the seasonal flu inquiries in the UMaine community. For more information, call 581.4000.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website is the best source of the latest information on the zika virus.
The single best way to prevent seasonal influenza is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. Flu activity most often peaks in February and can last into May. It is not too late to get your flu vaccine this season. Contact your health care provider for further information on availability of flu vaccination.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
More information is online (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
General Information from CDC:
Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
Local transmission of Zika virus has not been documented in the continental United States. However, Zika virus infections have been reported in travelers returning to the United States. With the recent outbreaks in the Americas, the number of Zika virus disease cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States likely will increase. (Areas With Zika: cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html)
Prevention when Traveling to Areas with Active Zika Outbreak
All travelers should take steps to avoid mosquito bites to prevent Zika virus infection and other mosquito-borne diseases.
- No vaccine or preventive drug is available. The best way to prevent Zika virus infection is to:
- Avoid mosquito bites.
- Use air conditioning or window and door screens when indoors.
- Wear long sleeves and pants, and use insect repellents when outdoors. Most repellents, including DEET, can be used on children older than two months. Pregnant and lactating women can use all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents, including DEET, according to the product label.
Pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women who do travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctor or other healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.
More information is online (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Zika Virus; CDC — Zika Virus Prevention).