Carleton College is monitoring the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) information regarding the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. At this time, the College is unaware of any students, faculty or staff members who have traveled or plan to travel to the impacted area.
On July 31, the CDC issued a Level 3 travel warning for the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This warning is a reflection of the worsening Ebola outbreak in the region and the severity of the illness.
Members of the College community are strongly encouraged to heed the CDC and U.S. State Department’s cautions regarding travel in this region. Travelers returning from this region are being advised by the CDC as follows:
Persons returning from an affected area but have not had direct contact with the body fluids of symptomatic infected persons or animals, or objects that have been contaminated with body fluids, should monitor their health for 10 days. Those with a potential exposure should monitor their health for 21 days post exposure. Regardless, any traveler who becomes ill, even if only a fever, should consult a health-care provider immediately.
The CDC states “Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.”
The College will continue to post updates to this space, if necessary, and advise the community if conditions change.
- CDC.gov: Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students about Ebola in West Africa
- CDC.gov: As West Africa Ebola outbreak worsens, CDC issues Level 3 Travel Warning
- CDC.gov: Q&A on Ebola
- CDC updates on 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
- Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota is well-armed to tackle Ebola risk
- Follow the CDC on Twitter
- Minnesota Dept of Health FAQ on Ebola virus disease, transmission, prevention, and more