University Health Services Monitoring Ebola Outbreak

New CDC Guidelines for College & Universities as of 8/29 regarding return travel from Ebola-affected countries. See here.

Last updated 9/30/14

University Health Services is continuing to monitor the Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa and keep clinical staff updated on the latest CDC recommendations. No cases of Ebola have been reported in the U.S. outside of the individuals brought back to the U.S. for treatment. The CDC has indicated that they believe that Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S public.

There are measures being taken globally to reduce the likelihood for spread beyond West Africa. The CDC has posted a Warning Level 3 Travel Alert to avoid nonessential travel to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and is recommending enhanced precautions for travelers to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; see the CDC Travel Health Notices page here, and the UCEAP Worldwide Alerts page here for updates. Active screening is in place at the airports in affected areas to prevent ill persons from getting on planes. On the remote chance that an ill person enters the U.S. there are protocols for notification of the CDC, isolation and disinfection in place.

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood and bodily fluids (including excreta) of infected, symptomatic individuals or from exposure to contaminated objects such as a needle stick. Ebola is not transmitted through the air or contaminated food or water. Individuals without symptoms are not infectious. There are no movement restrictions for individuals returning from affected areas with no known exposure and no symptoms. These individuals are advised to self-monitor for symptoms for 21 days after leaving the affected country.

As the situation evolves, we will post updates on this page. For additional timely updates we encourage you to visit the CDC website.


New CDC Guidelines for College and Universities 8/29/14

In accordance with updated advice from the CDC, and to best advise the campus community, UHS is now reaching out to individuals who may have recently lived or traveled within the countries above, and is specifically seeking anyone who is within 21 days of their return from any of these areas. If you have visited West Africa, have had no symptoms, and it has been more than 21 days since your return, then you are not at risk of harboring this illness.

Since there are students, faculty, or staff members at UC Berkeley whose travel history is unknown to the university, UHS provides this guidance to the entire campus community:
If you have returned from travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and it has been less than 21 days since your return, please contact University Health Services (UHS) at 510-643-7197 to review your travel history and activities while in these areas. UHS staff will provide a brief telephone assessment and provide you with information on next steps as appropriate.


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CDC Ebola Graphic





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