For students, faculty, and staff who
have recently traveled from West Africa
Although Ebola, also known as Hemorrhagic Fever or Ebola Virus
Disease (EVD), poses little threat to the US general population and is very
unlikely at UW Stevens Point, it’s important to be aware of any changes in your
health if you have recently traveled to one of the countries where the Ebola
outbreaks are occurring (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria).
1. Monitor your health for 21 days after you
leave West Africa. Watch for fever > 101.5 F, headache, body aches,
vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and/or unexplained bleeding.
2. If you become ill, call your primary health
care provider immediately to discuss your symptoms, travel, and potential
exposure before you go to the clinic or hospital. Students can also call Student
Health Service at 715-346-4646.
Avoid travel to affected areas. The CDC has issued their highest level of
travel warning against any nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra
Leone including education-related travel, to the affected areas in order to
facilitate control of the outbreak and prevent continued spread. A travel alert
recommending enhanced precautions has been issued for travelers to Nigeria.
What is UWSP doing?
Although the risk of
exposure is unlikely, Student Health Service (SHS) is following CDC’s guidance
for universities and has been in touch with a small number of students who come
from, or who have traveled to, regions most affected by the Ebola outbreak. No
students have been assessed as having had risk exposure.
SHS is accustomed to caring for students who have traveled
internationally and uses the CDC-recommended protocols for screening,
evaluation, isolation, and protective procedures. This screening process is
applicable to any returning traveler.
To provide the most
up-to-date information, SHS is staying closely connected to the Wisconsin
Division of Public Health, the Portage County Health Department and other
leading public health resources.