Emergency Guidelines for the Campus Community

Communications to Faculty and Staff

E-Mail sent Friday, Sept. 5

Subject: Ebola - CDC recommends University identify recent travelers to West Africa

Dear colleague, 

I’m writing to share with you updated information from University Health Services being sent to all members of the University community about the travel advisories and precautions regarding the Ebola outbreak in 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 now recommending that colleges and universities identify faculty, staff and students who have traveled to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone or Nigeria in the last 21 days, to discuss their possible risk for becoming sick, and provide instructions for health monitoring.

We are asking faculty and staff who have been to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone or Nigeria in the last 21 days to call University Health Services at 609-258-5035. Additionally, individuals who may be hosting visiting researchers 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, Liberia and Nigeria. 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 and staff with health questions should contact University Health Services at 609-258-5035.

Peter Johnsen, MD
Director of Medical Services
University Health Services






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