The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. We encourage you to read the Ebola information provided below and to monitor your health for risks of exposure to Ebola and possible symptoms of infection. The following information addresses the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. NU is keeping informed about this situation and is following protocols to monitor and respond to any potential Ebola risk on campus.
What is Ebola?
Ebola is a life-threatening virus. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, rashes, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola. For more information about Ebola, please visit: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- CDC Ebola Info: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/
- World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/
CDC Ebola Travel Alerts
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 2 travel warning for several countries in West Africa. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
- CDC Travel Advice for University Students: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/advice-for-colleges-universities-and-students-about-ebola-in-west-africa
What should I do if I have traveled to one of the countries with an Ebola outbreak OR I have been exposed to the Ebola virus through contact with an individual with an Ebola infection / symptoms?
If you have been in West Africa in the past month please contact the NU Wellness Center and respond to a confidential health questionnaire.
The CDC asks those returning from affected areas to monitor their health for 21 days and look for the following symptoms: (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/symptoms/)
- Elevated fever (Take your temperature every morning and evening)
- Joint and muscle aches
- Stomach pain
- Lack of appetite
Symptoms can appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure with 8-10 days being the most common. If you recently traveled from the affected areas and find that you’ve developed any of the above symptoms, immediately CALL one of the following and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.
- During office hours CALL the NU Wellness Center at 425-889-5282
- If it is outside of Wellness Center hours or you do not speak to the nurse, immediately call a local hospital:
Evergreen Hospital – 425-899-2736
Overlake Hospital – 425-688-5000
It is important that you CALL and tell the medical provider about your recent travel and potential exposure. Do not go to the provider’s office (Wellness Center) or hospital unless so directed. This will help the medial provider better care for you and prevent potential transmission to others. Do not go to work, classes, or other student activities until you have been medically evaluated.
*The information posted on this website is not intended to replace consultation with a qualified medical professional. Individuals should consult a qualified health care provider for medical advice and answers to personal health questions. Updated 02/2016