Nurse who contracted Ebola 2003 graduate of Firestone and related to Kent State employees

KSU takes precautions after employees have contact with Ebola patient

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Amber Vinson, the second healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola, is a 2003 graduate of

in Akron, Ohio.

Vinson is related to three Kent State employees.

"It's important to note that the patient was not on the Kent State campus," said Kent State President Beverly Warren. "She stayed with her family at their home in Summit County and did not step foot on our campus. We want to assure our university community that we are taking this information seriously, taking steps to communicate what we know."

"We're coordinating with local public health authorities to ensure all precautions are taken," said Dr. Angela DeJulius, director of University Health Services at Kent State. "Under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, patients infected with the Ebola virus are not considered contagious until they show symptoms, such as fever, muscle aches and headaches." 

"Out of an abundance of caution, we're asking the patient's family members to remain off campus for the next 21 days and self-monitor per CDC protocol," DeJulius continued.

The patient is a graduate of Kent State, receiving degrees in 2006 and 2008.

On Wednesday afternoon, Kent State officials held a press conference.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the nurse and her family," President Warren said. "We do not see the harm as imminent."

KSU has set up a hotline for parents and community members who have questions and want updates. Call 330-346-INFO (330-346-4636).

Summit County Public Health in Akron has also set up an Ebola information line, in response to the news that Vinson, latest diagnosed Ebola victim, recently traveled and visited family in Summit County, Ohio.

The call-line is 330-926-3939.

This local Ebola information line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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