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A Message to the U.Va. Community Regarding Ebola

October 20, 2014

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

The health of our community is important to all of us.  Flu season has arrived, and we are aware of the occurrence of the Ebola Virus Disease in some areas of Africa and elsewhere, including in the United States.

The University continues to monitor closely the outbreaks of Ebola in West Africa and its transmission to other locations.

While the likelihood of a member of our community contracting the Ebola virus remains very remote, we want to make you aware of the proactive steps the University has taken in response to the situation.

The U.Va. Health System, through the U.Va. Medical Center, has plans and protocols in place to handle infectious diseases, and remains in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health.  The Health System's talented and dedicated health professionals are as prepared as possible to handle any case of infection that may present itself.

Student Health is also working closely with their colleagues in the U.Va. Health System.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs continues to monitor the travel activities of our faculty, staff and students who have traveled to and from the affected region within the past 21 days. Any official University business travel to an affected area requires advance approval. The University also requests faculty or staff members planning unofficial travel to those areas to advise the relevant Vice President or Dean in advance. Students planning unofficial travel to those areas should notify the International Studies Office in advance. The University recommends that all students, faculty and staff members follow the CDC's Travel Alert, which urges U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The University's Critical Incident Management team stands ready to implement established procedures for addressing any public health concern.

With the start of flu season, it is important that members of our community remain vigilant about their own personal health.  The U.Va. Health System offers flu shots for eligible faculty and staff members, and Student Health is holding its 2014 Influenza Clinic on Oct. 22.

For the latest information about Ebola, we encourage you to visit the CDC website, which also includes a comprehensive guide to the symptoms of Ebola.

Rest assured, the University will continue to take every precautionary measure necessary to ensure the well-being of our community.

 

Teresa A. Sullivan
President

John D. Simon
Executive Vice President and Provost

Patrick D. Hogan
Executive Vice President and COO

Richard P. Shannon, M.D.
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

President Sullivan approved distribution of this message.