CWUStudent Success NewsStudent Success Newshttp://www.cwu.edu/student-success/newsen-usCWU following CDC guidelines regarding Ebolahttp://www.cwu.edu/student-success/node/2517Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:19:53<p>The Centers for Disease Control indicates the Ebola outbreak in West Africa does not pose a threat to the United States.&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;is following the CDC’s recently released guidelines for colleges and universities regarding Ebola. The new resource,&nbsp;<a href="http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/advice-for-colleges-universities-and-students-about-ebola-in-west-africa" target="_blank">Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students about Ebola in West Africa</a>, includes information for students studying abroad, foreign travel, students returning to the U.S. and other education-related travel pertaining to higher education.</p><p>Before attending&nbsp;CWU, international students must pass a physical exam and meet strict travel guidelines in place for the identified outbreak area. International travel is not permitted for any symptomatic individual attempting to leave affected areas.&nbsp; The CDC recommends people traveling from the affected areas monitor their health for 21 days to ensure they are healthy and have not been exposed.</p><p>CWU’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/medical-counseling/" target="_blank">Student Medical and Counseling Clinic</a>&nbsp;is following the recommendations of the CDC for clinicians in U.S. healthcare settings. By law&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/resources-reports/cwup-2-40-141-communicable-disease-outbreak" target="_blank">(CWUP&nbsp;2-40-141),</a>&nbsp;the clinic will report any suspected or known communicable disease to the appropriate county health department, and if necessary will implement a communicable disease outbreak plan.</p><p>Ebola is a rare disease. The virus is not airborne and only can be spread by contact with blood or body fluids from an infected person or animal.</p><p>The CDC has sent clinicians the following links regarding Ebola:</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/clinician-information-us-healthcare-settings.html" target="_blank">Ebola Virus Disease Information for Clinicians in U.S. Healthcare&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/clinician-information-us-healthcare-settings.html" target="_blank">Settings</a></li><li>I<a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/infection-prevention-and-control-recommendations.html" target="_blank">nfection</a><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/infection-prevention-and-control-recommendations.html" target="_blank">&nbsp;Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients</a></li><li><a href="http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/" target="_blank">Travelers' Health</a></li></ul><p>If you have questions regarding this or other healthcare related issues, contact Chris De&nbsp;Villeneuve, executive director of the Student Medical and Counseling Clinic, at 509-963-1035.</p><p>September 10, 2014</p>