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EBOLA VIRUS IN WEST AFRICA: Health and Travel Advisories

August 26th, 2014

Primary Care Health Service is closely monitoring the information and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the New York City Department of Health in regard to the Ebola virus outbreak in four Western African countries-Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.  At this time, we are not aware of any Barnard students who are from or who have travelled to these affected countries. 

The CDC has currently issued a level 3 travel warning for the countries affected by Ebola as well as neighboring countries. Level 3 is defined as all non-essential travel to affected and neighboring countries should be avoided.   Members of the Barnard Community are strongly encouraged to follow 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.“

For more information on the CDC’s on going monitoring of the situation, please go the following link:

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html?s_cid=cdc_homepage_feature_001

For more information on the local level from the New York City Department of Health, please go to the following link:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/diseases/ebola.shtml

Concerned students and parents are encouraged to contact Primary Care Health Service with any questions or concerns at (212) 854-2091.