August 18, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Princeton University Issues Ebola Travel Advisory on Ebola

Princeton University students and staff are being advised to contact university medical personnel if they recently have been in parts of West Africa and have developed a fever, one of the symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone should be avoided. The University said it would not provide financial aid or other support to undergraduate and graduate students traveling to these countries as per its policy regarding countries that are on a government travel advisory or places the school feels are unsafe. Along with Nigeria, the three countries listed are currently dealing with an outbreak of Ebola that has claimed over 1,000 lives so far. The disease is transmitted through contact with an infected person’s blood or other bodily fluid; and spread through contact with infected animals and meat from an infected animal. Symptoms include fever, headache and joint and muscle pain, according to the federal government. The New Jersey Department of Health’s “interim guidance” for colleges and universities that have students coming back from the impacted areas in West Africa states that there is no need to quarantine students who had visited those countries and show no symptoms. Students should monitor themselves for 21 days from the time they were in one of those nations. Ebola-like symptoms should be treated in an emergency department, not a campus health center, according to the state.