In collaboration with the county and state health departments, members of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will visit Ohio University's Athens campus this week as part of an epidemiology study on bacterial meningitis. The CDC will interview students and meet with selected faculty and staff.
"We were exceptionally pleased to welcome the CDC team to Ohio University," said Ryan Lombardi, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students. "OHIO is taking a leadership position in keeping our students informed as to how they can minimize their health risks.
"Our collaboration with the county and state health departments and the CDC is an important component in our student health and wellness programs and part of our comprehensive education and awareness initiatives that include delivering information and services to parents, students, faculty, and staff."
The Dean of Students office has provided parents of Ohio University students with information on bacterial meningitis and other health risks faced by college students. Student- and parent-awareness forums are in the planning phase as are online links to health-risk management information and strategies. Look for more information in upcoming editions of Outlook.
"The Athens Health Department applauds the efforts of Ohio University to prevent cases of bacterial meningitis on the campus and strongly supports this investigation," said James R. Gaskell, commissioner of the Athens City/County Health Department.