rom: Dr. Thomas McLarney [mailto:announcement@wesleyan.edu] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 5:31 PM
Subject: Public Health Advisory

 

Dear Campus Community:

 

We have just received confirmation that a student has been diagnosed with a certain strain of E. coli bacteria in their stool.  This strain of bacteria is known to affect both the kidneys and the circulatory system in some people who contract it.  Confirmation is pending, but another student is likely to have the same bacteria.

 

We have contacted the Connecticut Department of Public Health to assist us in our investigation.

 

We ask any student who currently has diarrhea (especially bloody diarrhea) to contact Davison Health Center to come in and be evaluated.  If you work in food service, health care or day care and have diarrhea, you are not to work until you have been evaluated and cleared by the providers at Davison Health Clinic.

 

Please do not self-treat with any antibiotics as this type of infection does not improve (and may worsen) with antibiotics.

 

We stress proper hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom.

 

Faculty and staff with symptoms should contact their primary care physician and notify the Health Center.

 

Please call if you have any questions at 860-685-2470.

 

Thomas McLarney, MD

Medical Director

Davison Health Center