Emergency Guidelines for the Campus Community
Communications to Students, Faculty and Staff
E-Mail sent Friday, October 3, 2014
Subject: Ebola - CDC recommends University identify recent travelers to West Africa
Princeton University is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The CDC is recommending that colleges and universities identify faculty, staff and students who have traveled to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone in the last 21 days, to discuss their possible risk for becoming sick, and to provide instructions for health monitoring.
We are asking faculty and staff who have been to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone in the last 21 days to call University Health Services at (609) 258-5035.Additionally, individuals who may be hosting visiting researchers, visiting lecturers and others who may have traveled to these countries recently should also contact UHS. Information shared with UHS will be confidential.
At this time, the CDC guidelines only apply to travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Individuals who have been to any of these countries should also continue to monitor their health closely, including regularly monitoring their temperature, for 21 days from the date they were last in an affected country. Common symptoms to be mindful of include a high fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, a rash, and difficulty breathing or swallowing. Individuals who develop a fever or additional symptoms within 21 days of travel should seek immediate medical attention.
Ebola is a serious, often fatal disease. It is spread through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a person who is infected and sick, showing symptoms of Ebola. It can also be spread by contact with objects, such as needles, that are contaminated with blood or body fluids of an infected person. It is not spread through air, food or water.
More information, including a link to the CDC recommendations for universities, is available at http://web.princeton.edu/sites/emergency/Ebola.html.
Faculty, staff and students with health questions should contact University Health Services at (609) 258-5035.
Peter Johnsen, MD