Student Health Services

Health Alert: Ebola

Student Health Services is aware that WHO has declared the Ebola outbreak an international emergency. The CDC has issued a warning to avoid all nonessential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. 

A patient died from Ebola virus disease (EVD) at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas after arriving from Liberia. EVD is currently occurring mostly in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, and Senegal.

If you are planning travel to one of the affected countries or if you are a returning traveler from one of the affected countries, please contact Student Health at 214-645-8690.

Travel to this region of West Africa should be avoided if at all possible until this outbreak subsides. If you must travel there, you could check in with Student Health before you go and after you return.

Know the symptoms of Ebola – fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and in some cases bleeding. In the event of onset of these symptoms or fever more than 100 degrees or higher, DO NOT REPORT TO SCHOOL. Call SHS immediately at 214-645-8690 for further guidance.

We advise that any student experiencing these symptoms or flulike symptoms after returning from travel to West Africa contact SHS immediately.

For more information on the Ebola virus disease, visit the WHO website or refer to the CDC's Ebola Fact Sheet. For ways to keep yourself healthy, please call Student Health Services at 214-645-8690.

Vini Bapna M.D.

Staffed full-time by a medical provider and medical support staff, Student Health Services promotes the health and well-being of all UT Southwestern Medical Center students and postdoctoral research scholars. Vini Bapna, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, serves as the Medical Director. The staff of Student Health Services includes provider Terin Ziebarth, FNP-C, and Clinic Staff Supervisor Michael Batson, LVN.

Student Mental Health Services operates within the Student Health Clinic to provide psychiatric services to all UT Southwestern students and postdoctoral research scholars. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and a social worker staff the Student Mental Health Service. Preston Wiles, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, is Director of Student Mental Health. 

All visits to Student Health and Student Mental Health are confidential.

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