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October 21 Ebola Homepage Announcement

Ebola information for Scheduled University Travel

Princeton University continues to closely monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The CDC is recommending avoiding nonessential travel only to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

According to the CDC, the risk of infection during air travel is very low. However, students and other members of the University community who are scheduled to travel are urged to exercise caution and practice good hygiene.

Ebola, a serious and often fatal disease, 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 known to spread through air, food or water.

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.

More information, including a link to the CDC recommendations for universities, is available below. 

Anyone who prefers not to travel on a scheduled University trip may contact the respective program administrator or department manager about options.

Students with health questions should contact University Health Services at (609) 258-3141. Faculty and staff should call (609) 258-5035.

Individuals who have been to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone or Nigeria recently or may be hosting visiting researchers and others who may have traveled to these countries recently also should contact University Health Services.

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