A new approach to information gathering could allow scientists to quickly identify the most effective way to manage a disease outbreak, an advance that could save lives. Developed by an international team of researchers led by Penn State scientists using insights from the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the method pinpoints critical pieces of missing information required to improve management decisions during an outbreak.
To help tackle the complexities of infectious disease dynamics, Penn State has developed an interdisciplinary approach to disease research, bringing together a diverse team of theoreticians and empirical scientists — representing such disparate fields as molecular biology, mathematics, plant pathology, entomology, genomics, statistics, physics, population dynamics and more — under a single umbrella. Now entering its 13th year in existence, Penn State's Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics has become a global leader in infectious disease research.
A special Grand Rounds, “An Ebola Survivor's Story: From Provider to Patient,” will be held at noon Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Junker Auditorium on the Penn State College of Medicine campus in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Ebola ranked dead last on most hospitals’ lists of “things to worry about” in early 2014. Now, Penn State Hershey Medical Center has been named one of 50 planned Ebola treatment centers in the nation. Learn how the designation has helped the hospital prepare for a range of public health emergencies.
Penn State Hershey is one of only four hospitals in Pennsylvania that is prepared to provide comprehensive care to patients with a suspected or confirmed Ebola diagnosis.
An Australia nurse who cared for Ebola patients in Liberia is taking the Penn State MOOC “Epidemics — the Dynamics of Infectious Disease."
Officials continue to acknowledge that the risk of contracting the Ebola virus across the Commonwealth is extremely low, and are steadfast in educating and updating our community. As part of ongoing efforts to inform and assure community members of their health and wellness, the FAQ section of Penn State’s website dedicated to Ebola is being constantly updated.
Beginning Nov. 17, air travelers to the United States whose trip starts in Mali also will be required to enter the U.S. through one of the five airports (New York’s JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago) that have enhanced screening in place for the Ebola virus.
Travelers coming from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will receive a CARE (Check And Report Ebola) kit when they arrive in the United States, beginning Oct. 27, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Penn State officials have prepared a website to provide the University community with information about Ebola, answer frequently asked questions and provide links to additional resources and guidelines. The site is available at http://sites.psu.edu/ebolainfo, and will be kept up-to-date with the latest information as the situation continues to evolve. You can also keep up with the latest information on Penn State News, at http://news.psu.edu/tag/Ebola.
As the Ebola virus situation continues to evolve in parts of the United States, Penn State health professionals and administrators are closely following all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Ebola continues to pose little risk to the general population in the U.S. and Penn State officials are carefully monitoring the situation.
As a precautionary measure, Penn State has implemented a temporary moratorium on University travel to countries at risk of Ebola spread as identified by the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control.
On the next installment of WPSU-TV’s "Conversations LIVE," disease experts Andrew F. Read and Dr. Jose A. Stoute will discuss the return of preventable diseases, the rise in drug resistant super-bugs and the evolution of new contagious outbreaks. Read and Stoute will join veteran host Patty Satalia for the discussion.
As a general practice, Penn State's University Health Services (UHS) continuously monitors all infectious diseases, regardless of where the infected person may have been diagnosed. While the Ebola virus poses little risk to the U.S. general population, it has been mentioned frequently in the news and has raised questions about travel to and from various regions of the world.
As an international university, Penn State officials in August identified and contacted about 80 individuals from across the institution who before the start of the academic year had been to regions with suspected Ebola outbreaks. The individuals received follow-up screenings from University medical professionals. None of the individuals have contracted the virus and there is no threat to the campus community.
The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has underscored the importance of the education and training that people need to respond to global health crises. An online master’s degree and graduate certificate from Penn State can help prepare people for those kinds of jobs.