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Ebola Preparedness Information


Procedures Regarding Ebola Screening

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel warning notices for individuals traveling to and from four countries in West Africa: Liberia; Sierra Leone; Guinea; and Nigeria. The CDC does not recommend that colleges and universities isolate or quarantine students, faculty, or employees based on travel history alone. However, the CDC has recommended that colleges and universities implement screening measures for students, faculty, or employees who may have traveled to those countries.

Pursuant to the CDC recommendations, Alabama State University will implement the following measures effective immediately: 

  1. Any students, faculty, or employees who have been in countries where Ebola outbreaks are occurring within the past 21 days must identify themselves to the Student Health Center Director, Nurse Gwendolyn Mann.
     
  2. ASU will send the identified person to a physician chosen by ASU at the cost of ASU for Ebola screening which will include a blood test for the presence of Ebola.
     
  3. If a student, faculty member, or employee has had NO symptoms of Ebola for 21 days since leaving a country with Ebola outbreaks and has a negative blood test for the presence of Ebola, no further assessment is needed.
     
  4. If a student, faculty, or staff member has had a high- or low-risk exposure and/or has a blood test that is positive for the presence of Ebola, state or local public health authorities will be notified, and ASU will consult with public health authorities for guidance about how that person should be monitored about how to prevent potential exposure.
     
  5. Any student, faculty, or staff member who has had a high- or low-risk exposure and/or has a blood test that is positive for the presence of Ebola, will not be allowed to continue at work or at educational studies until the potential for the infection of others has passed, as certified by a designated health care provider or public health official.
     
  6. Any student, faculty, or staff member who knowingly fails to identify themselves to the Student Health Center Coordinator in accordance to these procedures could be subject to disciplinary action.
     

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola poses little risk to the United States general population and is not contagious until symptoms appear. It is spread through direct contact with blood or body fluids (such as urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, and semen) of an infected person, or with objects like needles that have been contaminated with the virus. This includes through intimate contact, such as sex, since Ebola can still be found in semen for 7 weeks after a person has recovered.

CDC Guidance

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued advice for the nation's colleges and universities regarding study abroad, foreign exchange and other education-related travel.

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