By now, many of you have heard about the tragic Ebola virus outbreak in some West African countries. Ebola is spread by close personal contact with a person sick with the virus, and cannot be caught by casual contact. As college health professionals, we are always on alert for health risks associated with infectious disease, especially knowing communal living and/or travel can spread certain diseases quickly within a campus community. The recent news of Ebola brings into sharp relief these worries. However, the CDC and the American College Health Association have listed Ebola as a small, albeit concerning, risk to college communities in our country. Although no enrolled students are returning from these areas presently, we are asking anyone who may have traveled in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia AND develops a fever within the first three weeks of return to campus, to contact student health services immediately. The student health service works closely with state health officials to monitor and plan for all public health risks, including infectious diseases such as Ebola.
For more information about Ebola, and to learn the signs, symptoms, and treatments of the disease, please click the CDC link below: