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Information for Wake Forest University students currently studying abroad

Information for Wake Forest University students currently studying abroad

October 22, 2014

As Ebola continues to be of international concern, Wake Forest University officials want students, parents, faculty and staff to be assured that while the risk of disease transmission here is low, appropriate preparedness actions are taking place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our community.

University officials continue to monitor the Ebola situation carefully. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a statement titled, “Advice for College, Universities and Students about Ebola in West Africa,” and updates it as needed. The university is following all recommendations issued by the CDC and will continue to do so. University officials are meeting regularly with the Forsyth County Health Department to review updates from the CDC and State Health Department. The CDC and the U.S. Department of State urge U.S. citizens to avoid all nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Wake Forest University officials are monitoring travel advisories from the CDC regarding recommendations related to Ebola. There are currently no travel precautions issued for locations where our students are studying abroad this semester as the risk of transmission is exceedingly low. The university will continue to monitor the CDC’s recommendations and respond accordingly.

The university recommends that study abroad students:

  • Continue to take basic precautions to protect their health, including washing hands thoroughly with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals. Ebola virus is only transmitted through blood and bodily fluids.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
  • Remember that it impossible to get infected with Ebola if you have not had direct contact with the body fluids of an Ebola infected person

For more information on Ebola virus disease, please visit the CDC website:

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/advice-for-colleges-universities-and-students-about-ebola-in-west-africa

WHO information about Ebola and response can be found here:

http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/faq-ebola/en/

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control can be found here:

http://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/press/news/_layouts/forms/News_DispForm.aspx?List=8db7286c-fe2d-476c-9133-18ff4cb1b568&ID=1030