Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare, severe and often fatal illness. Currently, an outbreak is affecting four countries in Western Africa: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.
One case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States; however according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), EVD does not pose a significant risk to the United States. The CDC and the World Health Organization are monitoring the outbreak closely.
As recommended by the Ebola prevention guidelines in the CDC Advice for College Students and Universities, Texas Wesleyan students, staff and faculty members are discouraged from travel to the affected African countries at this time.
If you have traveled to these areas in the past 21 days and are sick or have been around someone who is sick and has traveled to these areas, please see a physician in a medical setting for an evaluation.
The Health Center at Texas Wesleyan does not staff a physician. We recommend the following medical clinics or an evaluation:
EVD is spread through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids (urine, feces, saliva and semen) of a person who is sick with EVD, or with objects (like soiled laundry or needles) that have been contaminated with the virus.
There is currently no cure or vaccine; however, some people can recover with intensive treatment in a hospital setting.
If you have any questions, call the Health Center at 817-531-4948.