Duke University travel/Ebola policy
Duke University announced its travel bans and Ebola policy this morning. I pass it on without any comment other than to say that it sounds reasonable to me.
TO: Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and Managers
FROM: Eric Ossmann, MD, Director, Duke Preparedness and Response Center
Kyle J. Cavanaugh, Vice President, Administration
RE: Ebola Travel Precautions for West Africa
As a safety precaution in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, any member of the Duke community who has traveled to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia or Nigeria within the previous three weeks should contact Employee Occupational Health & Wellness or the Student Health Center to consult with medical staff prior to returning to campus.
Also, any students, faculty or staff members who plan to travel to any of these countries for any reason should also contact Employee Occupational Health & Wellness or the Student Health Center to discuss safety precautions prior to travel. The medical staff will be available to discuss current conditions in these countries, medical protocol, symptoms and treatment options for the disease. They are also available to answer any questions that travelers may have.
- Employee Occupational Health & Wellness: 919-684 -3136, option 2. After hours, call: 919-684-8115
- Student Health Center: 919-681-9355
Currently, there are close to 2,000 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa. The disease is only transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected and ill person. While the risk of becoming infected in this country is very low, Duke has imposed full country travel restrictions for Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia until further notice. While travel has not been restricted to Nigeria, the CDC is encouraging individuals to practice enhanced precautions if traveling to that country.