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Posted August 21, 2014
Due to the current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa, the CDC and State Department have issued Travel Warnings to avoid all nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Enhanced travel precautions are recommended for Nigeria. Please be advised of this situation if you are considering travel to West Africa and make an appointment for pre-travel counseling at Student Health.

For students who have travelled within the past three weeks from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone or Nigeria, seek medical attention if you develop any of the following symptoms: fever, headache, bodyaches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. It is important to understand that EVD is not an airborne disease. Individuals may become infected as a result of contact with the bodily fluids (vomit, diarrhea, sputum, blood, etc.) from persons who are confirmed to have EVD or who have died from EVD. Please call before arriving at Student Health to prevent the spread of illness to others and to expedite your care. For more information on the Ebola Virus outbreak, please visit the CDC website.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness of concern in travelers who have returned from the following countries in the Middle East: Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen. Please contact Student Health if you have returned from any of these countries in the past two weeks and have fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Again, please call before arriving at Student Health to prevent the spread of illness to others and to expedite your care. For more information on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, please visit the CDC website.

Posted August 1, 2014
The CDC and World Health Organization are currently monitoring and responding to an outbreak of Ebola Virus in West Africa. The countries Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are affected. One person was also diagnosed in Nigeria after traveling from Liberia. Please be advised of this situation if you are considering travel to West Africa and make an appointment for pre-travel counseling at Student Health.

For students who have recently travelled to these countries, please be aware of the symptoms of Ebola virus disease and seek medical attention immediately if any symptoms develop. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to the virus, though 8-10 days is most common. Please make sure to wear a mask upon entry to any medical facility and report your recent travel history to medical personnel. For more information on the Ebola Virus outbreak, please visit the CDC website.

Posted June 2, 2014
The CDC has issued a health advisory for travel to certain countries that have experienced recent polio outbreaks. These countries include Cameroon, Pakistan, Syria, Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia, and Nigeria. The CDC is recommending that anyone with plans to travel to these areas receive a polio booster vaccination to protect against polio infection. In addition, anyone staying in any of these affected countries for more than four weeks may be required to provide proof of a polio booster within 4 weeks to twelve months prior to departure from that country. This booster should be documented in the yellow International Certificate of Vaccination in order to avoid delays in transit or forced vaccination in country.

If you are traveling to any of these areas, please get a polio booster vaccine if you have not received one in the 12 months preceding your anticipated return to the U.S. If you are eligible for Student Health services, you can make an appointment to receive the vaccine at Student Health. If you have received a polio booster, you can obtain a copy of your immunization record via the Healthy Hoos portal as well. If you are not eligible for Student Health services, please contact your local health department or physician's office.

For more information on this health advisory, please visit the CDC website.

We wish you safe travels!