Advice for Travelers Contemplating Travel to Ebola-affected Countries in West Africa
In the wake of the Ebola epidemic/outbreaks in West Africa, Kennesaw State University (KSU or the University) is closely adhering to the "Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students about Ebola in West Africa" issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on this advice:
- The University will not approve any KSU educational or business-related travel to countries with a CDC Level 3 Warning. As of 11/25/2015, there are no countries included in Warning Level 3.
- We ask that KSU employees/students contemplating KSU educational or business-related travel to countries with a CDC Alert 2: Practice Enhanced Precautions or Watch Level 1: Practice Usual Precautions carefully assess the need for this travel. If the trip is of high importance, we strongly encourage that travelers implement the enhanced precautions as detailed by the CDC. With respect to EVD, as of 12/29/2015 Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are included in Watch Level 1.
- As the Ebola situation is constantly evolving, and as new information becomes available through the CDC and Georgia public health officials, this advisory will be updated and the campus community shall be informed.
- Please check the CDC website for the most updated information. The Resources page on this KSU website also provides additional external links to the CDC and other Ebola information.
Travelers Returning to Campus from Ebola-affected Countries
Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease that spreads through direct contact with an infected person's blood or body fluids such as feces, saliva, urine, vomit, and semen. Ebola can also spread by direct contact with objects contaminated with an infected person's blood or body fluids or by direct contact with infected animals.
The CDC and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are performing enhanced entry screening of travelers to prevent the spread of Ebola through efforts at international and US ports of entry. The following CDC website provides more information on the screening here.
The CDC recommends individuals returning from Ebola-affected countries within the past 21 days contact their healthcare provider to conduct an assessment to determine his or her level of risk exposure (high, low, or no known exposure) to the Ebola virus. Upon request from the returning KSU traveler, alternate work or class attendance arrangements may be authorized by supervisors (for employees) or faculty (for students). Before returning to a KSU campus you must:
- Watch for Ebola symptoms, which include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, severe weakness, or unexplained bleeding or bruising.
- Take your temperature every morning and evening.
- Seek immediate medical care if your temperature is above 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit (38.6 degrees Celsius) or you have any other Ebola symptoms.
- Do not go to work, classes or other student activities until you have been medically evaluated.
- Call your healthcare provider. If you are a KSU student, faculty or staff, you can contact the KSU Student Health Services for an immediate appointment. If the KSU Student Health Services is closed, seek care at one of the local emergency healthcare facilities.
- Tell the provider about your recent travel and your symptoms before you arrive at the doctor's office, hospital, or KSU Student Health Services.
- Limit your contact with other people when traveling to the KSU Student Health Center, your healthcare provider, or other healthcare facilities.
- If you are symptom-free during the 21-day monitoring period, continue your routine activities including attending class and/or work.