Ebola Advisory for Colleges and Universities
Attention all students, staff and faculty returning from the following areas; Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, please call Diane King, Coordinator of Health Services at 978-630-9536 and your physician. Many colleges and universities may have students, faculty, or staff in areas of West Africa where the Ebola outbreak is ongoing, currently Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and, to a very limited extent, Lagos in Nigeria (for the most recent travel advisories see: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/ebola). The likelihood of becoming infected with Ebola virus is very small unless the person has traveled to an outbreak area AND has had direct contact with blood or body secretions from an Ebola infected person or animal, OR with objects that were wet with the blood or body fluids of someone ill with Ebola virus. It should be kept in mind that there are many illnesses with fever that occur in travelers and that, regardless of the current situation in West Africa, Ebola virus infection is quite unlikely.
Although the risk of a traveler arriving in the US with Ebola infection is small, colleges and universities should have plans in place to monitor returning travelers from affected regions, and to respond should members of the college or university community become ill. Massachusetts, especially Boston and the surrounding area, has a large international student population, and some students, faculty, or staff may be returning from an area impacted by Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Colleges and universities should be aware of, and evaluate, members of their community who return to campus within 21 days of being in an area of the Ebola outbreak.
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