Ebola Preparedness

Ebola Preparedness and Campus Safety

Given the recent outbreaks of communicable diseases across the world, including Ebola (formerly known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever) in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, persons returning from affected areas are encouraged to monitor their health and contact their healthcare provider if they feel sick.

Symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus, though eight to 10 days is most common.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Warning, advising against nonessential travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The CDC is continuing its screening and education efforts on the ground to prevent sick passengers from traveling from affected countries.

North Carolina A&T State University students, fellows and scholars who have symptoms—or have been in contact with someone who is symptomatic—should contact the Sebastian Health Center at 336-334-7880 and ask to speak with a registered nurse. Travelers who become ill, even if it’s only a fever, should consult a healthcare provider immediately to discuss their recent travel and potential contacts.

The university continues to work to balance the value of participation in international educational activities against the potential risk to its students and employees of such participation. In balancing these factors, the university relies on information from the U.S. Department of State, particularly the travel warnings issued periodically by that agency and information in the travel notices issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Ebola tracking website for Liberia:

The Republic of Liberia now has an easy to read website for tracking Ebola statistics thanks to a team of students and alumni from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. On Sept. 8, a UNC professor and a team of 10 volunteer designers and developers launched ebolainliberia.org.

For additional information:

Ebola Public Information Line

Guilford County Health Department

Sebastian Health Center