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Ebola Virus

As you know, the CDC and World Health Organization are closely monitoring the International outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever.  To date, there have been no cases of Ebola transmission in the United States.  The risk to our community is minimal.  We ask that any student or visitor who has recently visited the effected countries contact the Health Center (252-985-5186 or jbrys@ncwc.edu) to discuss precautions immediately upon returning to campus. 

Currently, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria are experiencing outbreaks of Ebola.  The CDC has issued a warning with regard to non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and has recommended increased precautions for travel to Nigeria.  Signs and symptoms of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever include fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and decreased appetite.  It is important to remember that it can take up to 21 days for symptoms to develop after exposure.  Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever is transmitted via direct contact with blood or body fluids or contact with objects contaminated with blood or body fluids, such as used needles.  It is not contagious until symptoms are present. 

The North Carolina Wesleyan Health Center is actively monitoring the situation and adheres to the recommendations of the CDC and local Health Departments.  Our local hospital has prepared for handling potential Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever cases.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jessica Brys-Wilson at the health center if you are concerned about having been exposed to Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever or if you have questions.