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K-State Today

July 10, 2015

Lafene Health Center offering health screenings for at-risk K-Staters

Submitted by Julie Gibbs

Lafene Health Center is committed to promoting the highest level of health and wellness for members of the Kansas State University community. As part of this ongoing commitment, screening for specific contagious diseases must be completed as new outbreaks occur globally.

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, Lafene Health Center is screening incoming students at risk for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV.

MERS-CoV, a contagious, viral respiratory illness, was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012, with the most recent outbreak in South Korea in May 2015. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Students, faculty and staff arriving from South Korea, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen may be at risk for the virus and should be screened for symptoms.

Any student or faculty/staff member who has traveled from these areas within the past three weeks prior to arriving at K-State or has been in direct contact with an ill person suspected of having the virus should call Lafene Health Center at 785 532-6544 and ask to speak with a nurse. You may email Lafene Health Center at lafene@k-state.edu.