• Health Situation Update: November 26, 2013

    To Members of the University Community

    We wanted to provide you with an update regarding the current health situation on campus. Please know that our colleague’s medical condition continues to remain serious. Our thoughts continue to be with our colleague and family.

    As noted in our previous update, we have been notified that the case has been confirmed as meningococcal meningitis. In addition, this morning the University received confirmation from the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission that the meningitis has been recognized as Serogroup C, which is one of the common forms of meningitis and is covered under the standard vaccine approved for use in the United States. Information on who should receive the vaccine is available at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/who-vaccinate.htm.

    It is important to continue to keep in mind the following:

    • Exposure is limited to those who are in close personal contact with an affected individual. Such contact would include living in the same household, sharing eating utensils or food, sharing drinks, etc.
    • The bacteria are not spread by casual contact such as being in the same office as the affected individual, handling papers touched by that individual or having contact with a person who was in contact with the sick individual.
    • Practicing good public health hygiene including frequent hand washing, covering one’s mouth while coughing or sneezing, etc., should become routine especially as we enter cold and flu season.

    Questions from employees should be directed to Human Resources. Students should contact the University’s Health Center for information or concerns and parents should contact the Office of Student Services.

    We will continue to update you as appropriate.

    Mary Anne Nagy
    Vice President for Student and Community Services
    Patricia Swannack
    Vice President for Administrative Services

    Health Situation Update: November 22, 2013

    To Members of the University Community:

    We wanted to provide you with an update regarding the current health situation on campus. First and foremost, please know that our colleague’s medical condition is still grave and remains unchanged. Our thoughts continue to be with him and his family.

    We have been notified that the case has been confirmed as meningococcal meningitis. The particular type is still unknown, and we do not expect to receive this information until early next week. We continue to have daily contact with our local health official for updates and further guidance.

    It is important to keep in mind the following:

    • Exposure is limited to those who are in close personal contact with an affected individual. Such contact would include living in the same household, sharing eating utensils or food, sharing drinks, etc.
    • The bacteria are not spread by casual contact such as being in the same office as the affected individual, handling papers touched by that individual or having contact with a person who was in contact with the sick individual.
    • Practicing good public health hygiene including frequent hand washing, covering one’s mouth while coughing or sneezing, etc., should become routine especially as we enter cold and flu season.

    Questions from employees should be directed to Human Resources. Students should contact the University’s Health Center for information or concerns and parents should contact the Office of Student Services.

    We will continue to update you as appropriate.

    Mary Anne Nagy
    Vice President for Student and Community Services
    Patricia Swannack
    Vice President for Administrative Services

    Health Notice: November 21, 2013

    Important Letter from
    Mary Anne Nagy,
    Vice President for Student and Community Services

    I am writing to inform you of a situation occurring on campus that your son or daughter may have informed you about.

    The University was advised last night that an employee is suffering from meningococcal meningitis. The employee, who is an administrator in the Controller’s area, is gravely ill and has been admitted to a hospital. The University has been in touch with officials from both the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission and the New Jersey State Department of Health. Those officials, who are also in contact with the Center for Disease Control, are assisting the University’s response to the situation.

    It is very important to know the facts regarding the possible spread of this disease:

    • You must be in close personal contact with an infected person’s secretions in order for the bacteria to spread. Such close contact would include living in the same household, kissing, sharing eating utensils or food, sharing drinks, or uncovered face-to-face sneezing or coughing.
    • Health experts believe the risk of infection applies to individuals who have been within three feet of the infected individual for eight hours or more at a time. This risk is usually limited to family members or those residing with the infected individual.
    • The bacteria are not spread by casual contact such as being in the same office as the infected person, handling papers touched by the infected person, or having contact with a person who was in contact with the sick individual.

    The University is working closely with the public health officials to reach out to any individuals who may be at risk for infection. Because of the need for such close contact to spread the bacteria, those health officials believe that the group at risk on campus is extremely small.

    Further information on meningococcal meningitis can be viewed at the following web sites:

    The health officials advise that all classes and other normal University activities should proceed as scheduled. The University shall continue to keep you updated on this situation as needed. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Services at 732-571-3417. You can also obtain updates by the Monmouth University Parents & Families web page.