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Ebola Health Information Advisory

Dear Members of the Vassar College Community,

As members of the Vassar community make plans for October break we wish to remind everyone that the CDC has posted travel warnings to the countries where Ebola outbreaks are occurring. The CDC continues to recommend that people avoid non essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and education related travel to these countries be postponed until further notice. A travel alert for Nigeria is also in place with recommendations that travelers take enhanced precautions to protect themselves and help prevent the spread of Ebola.

More recently there have been reports in the news of isolated cases of Ebola infection in Texas and Spain which have been traced back to contacts from West Africa. The Health Service continues to track the Ebola Outbreak situation by monitoring information from the CDC, WHO and Travax, our travel advice service.

 The CDC states that, although sporadic cases of Ebola may appear, the risk to the US general population remains very low. The Ebola virus is spread only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of a person with an active infection or through exposure to objects like needles that have been contaminated with body secretions. It is always good practice however to avoid contact with anyone who is sick and has a fever while traveling and to pay attention to proper hygiene by washing your hands regularly. Similarly increased vigilance is required on return to campus as early recognition of any viral illness is important in controlling spread. Please report any occurrence of high fever (>38.6 C or 101.5 F) and additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle and abdominal pain, nausea or unexplained bleeding following recent travel. 

For additional questions the Health Service may be reached at 845 437 5800.

More information about the Ebola Viral Outbreak can be found at:

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

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

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

Christopher Roellke
Dean of the College and Professor of Education
Vassar College