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UNCW Monitoring Ebola and Other Contagious Diseases Abroad

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

There is currently an outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa, specifically Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. The UNCW Student Health Center and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety are aware that members of the campus community live, work and learn globally and that some people may have questions about Ebola.

It is important to remember that Ebola is not an airborne disease; it is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. Health conditions in Africa are a significant contributor to the spread of Ebola. There have been no cases of transmission of Ebola in the U.S.

Persons arriving in or returning to the U.S. from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria should monitor their health for 21 days and should contact their health provider if they feel sick. They should inform their provider of their recent travel and any known contacts with sick persons. Students should contact the Student Health Center at 910-962-3280 and faculty and staff should contact their private health care provider or Health and Safety at 910-962-3057.  

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a Level 3 Travel Warning advising against nonessential travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria and no UNCW sponsored travel to these locations is allowed. The CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) is continuing its screening and education efforts on the ground to prevent sick passengers from traveling from the affected countries.

A committee representing various UNCW departments that are related to health and international travel recently met to review UNCW’s plans for a medical emergency. This group will meet periodically to monitor an address any issues related to Ebola or any other contagious disease concern abroad or domestically.    

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