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January 31, 2017
With continuing concerns over Ebola in West Africa and other emerging diseases including measles, MERS, and meningitis, Washington College is closely monitoring news from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and working with local health officials to keep everyone safe and informed.

If you have traveled ABROAD in the past 30 days, you must contact the College Health Center (410-778-7261) before or immediately upon arrival on campus to discuss screening, monitoring and precautions.

EBOLA :If you have traveled to Guinea, Sierra Leone, or Liberia in the past 30 days, you must contact the Health Center (410-778-7261) before or immediately upon arrival on campus to discuss compliance with CDC monitoring. The virus is spread only by direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone in the active, symptomatic phase of the illness. Symptoms can appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after infection and always include a fever of 102 degrees or higher. For more information, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.

CONCERNS IN OTHER COUNTRIES:

  • MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome): Identified in multiple countries in the Arabian Peninsula and in other countries including The Republic of Korea.
  • Measles: Observed in Kyrgyzstan, Germany, Ethiopia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina.
  • Meningococcal Disease (cerebrospinal meningitis): Niger and Nigeria.
  • Avian Flu (H7N9):  China.
  • Mumps: Scotland.
  • If you have traveled in one of the above countries in the past 30 days and experience any symptoms of disease please notify your healthcare provider immediately and contact the College Health Center (410-778-7261) before or immediately upon arrival on campus.
  • Going forward, Health Services will employ the same CDC-recommended screening protocols in place at the local Emergency Department and other outpatient clinics. All individuals who call Health Services to make any type of appointment will be screened for a history of foreign travel/Ebola risk factors. Additional screening questions will be asked at check-in to the clinic or when being seen by our practitioners. Thanks for your cooperation as we operate with an abundance of caution.

Last modified on Jan. 31st at 10:17am by Lisa Marx.