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Updated Information on the Ebola Outbreak
June 9, 2015

**UNC and UNC Healthcare has prohibited all University sponsored travel to Guinea and Sierra Leone and asks that all students and staff avoid personal travel to these 2 nations.** 

**Travel Notice from the Center for Disease Control**  Updated June 2015

 

For current information for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  http://ehs.unc.edu/emergency/ebola.shtml and  http://www.alertcarolina.unc.edu/go/doc/1395/1319331/

There have been recent outbreaks of communicable diseases in other parts of the world.  Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in Guinea and Sierra Leone; as well as increased cases of a new and serious respiratory virus known as MERS or Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome.   

Important Travel Warning Information: Outbreak of Ebola in Guinea and Sierra Leone: http://ehs.unc.edu/emergency/ebola.shtml

Persons arriving in the U.S. from an affected area or any traveler should monitor their health and if feeling sick, contact their health provider immediately and tell him or her about their recent travel and potential contacts before they go to the doctor's office or emergency room to prevent potential transmission to others.

Students, Fellows and Scholars should contact their private health care provider or Campus Health Services at 919-966-2281 and ask to speak with a Registered Nurse.  This number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

UNC faculty and staff should contact their private health care provider or University Employee Occupational Health Clinic (UEOHC) 919-966-9119 http://ehs.unc.edu/ueohc/.

UNC has a very important policy guiding all travel by UNC students, staff and faculty.  See more in the Policy Concerning Study, Travel and Research in Countries Under US State Department Travel Warnings and US Centers for Disease Control Travel Notices, or go to the UNC Global Travel Info page.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a Level 3 Travel Warning advising against nonessential travel to Guinea and Sierra Leone.  The CDC is continuing its screening and education efforts on the ground to prevent sick passengers from traveling from the affected countries.

 

 

MERS Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome

Health officials around the world are paying more attention to the increased cases of a new and serious respiratory virus known as MERS or Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome.  So far, all reported cases have been linked to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula.  The risk to travelers is low and the CDC does not recommend anyone change their travel plans.

According to the CDC, MERS poses a very low threat to the general public in the U.S.  Travelers to and from the Middle East should pay close attention to their health and be aware of symptoms which may include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

If you are traveling from the Arabian Peninsula, contact your health care provider right away if you develop fever, cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of travel.

For more information, please visit the CDC website for the latest updates http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/.