Although Ebola poses little threat to the general population in the USA and is very unlikely at UW-Madison, in light of ongoing concerns about the Ebola outbreak in western Africa, I would like to review our campus expectations for members of our campus community traveling to or from affected areas. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are currently subject to a travel warning against nonessential travel. A travel alert has been issued for travelers to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
UW-Madison is following CDC’s guidance for universities and has been in touch with a small number of individuals who come from, or who have traveled to, regions most affected by the Ebola outbreak. No one has been assessed as having had risk exposure at this time.
University staff, faculty, and students planning travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone must contact the University International Safety and Security Director, Ron Machoian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-890-2446 before travel commences to discuss their plans and university requirements for such travel.
All faculty, staff, and students returning from affected areas must notify University Health Services (UHS) at 608/265-5600 or email email@example.com immediately upon return for a screening risk assessment and instructions for health monitoring before returning to work and/or study. Departments hosting guests or visitors from these areas should also notify UHS. Healthcare personnel may be subject to additional requirements and should refer to the communication dated 9/22/14 from UWHC and SMPH/UWMF for more information.
University Health Service (UHS) is maintaining a website with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel warnings, alerts, and advice.