In light of news reports and heightened concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa, University officials are monitoring developments and preparing in case students, staff or faculty with possible exposure to the virus arrive on campus from the affected region.
No Clemson University-affiliated persons have been identified as having traveled to or from the region this semester.
The current Ebola outbreak is centered in three countries in West Africa: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and called for rigorous efforts to contain and prevent further spread of the disease.
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal, disease in humans. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air. Ebola virus is transmitted only through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected, symptomatic person or through exposure to contaminated objects (such as needles).
Symptoms of EVD include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear between 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus. An individual would have to have direct contact with someone experiencing symptoms for disease transmission to occur.
Clemson University’s Redfern Health Center staff are training on the signs and symptoms of the Ebola virus and will be on high alert as fall semester begins. The university’s response to the Ebola threat will be guided by the recommendations of CDC and DHEC, and by ongoing developments.
Everyone arriving from Sierra Leone, Guinea or Liberia should monitor their body temperature twice daily for 21 days after travel. Anyone developing a fever of greater than 38.6 degrees Celsius or 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit or experiencing additional symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
Any Clemson University students, faculty or staff arriving from Sierra Leone, Guinea or Liberia should contact the Redfern Health Center at 864-656-3571 for further guidance.
CDC recommends avoiding nonessential travel to some areas or regions where EVD transmission is occurring. Up-to-date travel notices and information on the specific countries are available at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.
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