Communicable Disease Policy

Communicable diseases may pose a serious threat to the well-being of an athletic training student and student-athletes at West Virginia University (WVU). A communicable disease is one that is transmitted from person to person either through direct or indirect means of contact. Direct transmission is through coughing, sneezing, droplets, or direct physical contact. Indirect transmission occurs through some type of infectious agent such as an insect, animal, or contaminated water.

Examples of communicable diseases may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Botulism
  • Diptheria
  • Encephalitis
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Lyme Disease
  • Measles
  • Meningitis (bacterial)
  • Mumps
  • Ringworm
  • Rubella
  • SARS
  • Scabies
  • Shingles
  • Tetanus
  • Tuberculosis

Should an athletic training student acquire a communicable disease, they will be required to follow all guidelines as ordered by their family physician, a physician from Student Health at WVU, or the WVU Medical Director/Team Physician. During this time, the athletic training student will not be allowed to participate in their respective clinical rotation until they are given medical clearance by the respective attending physician. Protocol for a BBP or communicable disease exposure are discussed on the previous pages under BBP Procedures and Universal Exposures.