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Update on the Ebola Virus

Clarkson University is monitoring the Ebola virus outbreak in several West African countries, as well as advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health. Clarkson University Student Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a “travel warning" to any of these areas.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a Level 3 warning recommending that people avoid nonessential travel to these areas; Guinea, Liberia, Sierra and Leone. CDC has also posted a Level 2 Travel Notice for Nigeria with recommendations for enhanced precautions to help traveler’s protect themselves and help prevent the spread of Ebola.

As our campus convenes for fall 2014, Clarkson University encourages any returning travelers to be aware of some safety precautions and any organizations that are considering travel to these areas to postpone.

Individuals without symptoms are not contagious. However, travelers to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Nigeria should monitor their health upon their return. If you have traveled to the affected countries and become ill, even if only with a fever, you should avoid contact with other people and consult a healthcare provider immediately. Please call before arriving in your medical provider's office, the Emergency Department, or the Student Health Center. Students are encouraged to call Student Health at (315) 268-6633.

Travelers to Western Africa with no known contact with Ebola should monitor their health for 10 days. Those with a potential exposure should monitor their health for 21 days after exposure. Any of the following symptoms should prompt them to call their medical provider:

Here are some brief facts on Ebola from the CDC: Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease.

Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding.

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus, though 8 to 10 days after exposure is most common. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air. Ebola is not a food-borne or water-borne illness. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.

For more information on monitoring and recommendations during this Ebola outbreak please visit: