Update: Ebola and our campus

Although Ebola poses little threat to the U.S. general population and is very unlikely at UW-Madison, in light of ongoing concerns about the Ebola outbreak in western Africa and increasing concerns within the US, UW-Madison is carefully monitoring travelers to and from our campus. In order to ensure we are aware of all travelers, I ask for your assistance in communicating the following requirements to faculty, staff members and students.

  • 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 or 608-890-2446 before travel to discuss their plans and university requirements for such travel. Travel to these areas which are subject to a CDC Travel Warning is generally prohibited.
  • In addition to the requirement that all faculty, staff, and students returning from affected areas are subject to a screening risk assessment and a period of health monitoring, we require that all campus guests and visitors follow the screening risk assessment and period of health monitoring. Faculty, staff and students must notify University Health Services (UHS) at 608/265-5600 or immediately upon return and before returning to work and/or study for this screening and to receive instructions. Departments hosting visitors from these areas must notify UHS before guests’ arrival to learn about screening and health monitoring expectations that need to be conveyed to visitors and guests to campus. 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. 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.