Emergency Preparedness
Communicable Disease and Illness

The University Health Center monitors communicable disease cases that may affect the well-being of University of Maryland students, faculty and staff.

In the event of a communicable disease event on campus
  • The campus Incident Response Team will be mobilized and begin meeting to plan immediate, near-term and long-term responses by multiple agencies of the University, including University Health Center, President's Office, Police, University Communications, Counseling Center, Facilities Management, Resident Life, Greek Life, Residential Facilities, and the chaplaincies
  • University Health Center will consult with and be advised by County and State health department officials and perhaps by the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Incident Response Team will use its communications resources and seek the help of media outlets to announce appropriate actions in response to the situation and as advised by the health agencies with whom consultation has occurred
  • University agencies will be prepared to assist in actions such as medical quarantine of persons and/or certain facilities in order to prevent the spread of disease and stoppage of classes and closing of the University and the residence halls
Communicable diseases are
  • Diseases or illnesses that can be transmitted from one human to another, and include meningitis, influenza, pandemic flu, tuberculosis, chicken pox, SARS, among others
If you have reason to believe you or someone you know may have contracted a communicable disease
  • Inform your loved ones
  • Consult with a personal physician or staff at the University Health Center
  • Immediately contact the University Health Center at (301) 314-8180
  • Be prepared to identify your current state of health, any symptoms of illness or disease, all recent contacts with persons who may be exposed to a disease, etc.
  • Avoid contact with others