UT Wordmark Primary UT Wordmark Formal Shield Texas UT News Camera Chevron Close Search Copy Link Download File Hamburger Menu Time Stamp Open in browser Load More Pull quote Cloudy and windy Cloudy Partly Cloudy Rain and snow Rain Showers Snow Sunny Thunderstorms Wind and Rain Windy Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter email alert map calendar bullhorn

UT News

The University of Texas at Austin responds to concerns about SARS

There have been no cases of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) epidemic reported at The University of Texas at Austin, but campus officials are implementing significant precautions to protect students, faculty and staff from the highly contagious, flu-like disease.

Two color orange horizontal divider

Public health experts believe SARS is spread by close contact with people, most likely when someone with the illness coughs into the air droplets that others breathe. Transmission also may occur from objects that have been contaminated, such as doorknobs or elevator buttons. Frequently washing hands and disinfecting work areas are recommended preventative measures.

As part of its education campaign, the university is preparing packets for students containing SARS-related information and plans to issue e-mail bulletins and fliers to keep the campus informed about new developments concerning warning signs, training and protective measures related to the disease.

For complete information visit the university’s SARS Response Web site.