WLU advises all students and faculty to avoid nonessential travel to areas/cities/countries with contagious disease outbreaks.
During times of highly communicable disease outbreak, international travel and travel to high risk domestic areas should be reported to the West Liberty University Student Health Services. Information concerning travel and its associated risks will be evaluated.
A travel screening form will be completed and turned in to Student Health Services. The International Student Office will also have the form completed by each International student and share a copy with Student Health Services.
Any person(s) choosing to travel to a highly communicable disease outbreak affected region, despite the risks involved, should be informed that his or her return to campus may be jeopardized. Affected regions are continually updated per the CDC.
If symptoms of a highly communicable disease, such as Ebola, are present in any individual after traveling to an outbreak affected region, he or she should isolate immediately and call 911 to be transported to a hospital emergency room. The individual should report to the 911 operator that he or she has recently traveled to an affected region. An individual SHOULD NOT use a student health facility, urgent care, or quick clinic.
Individuals who have traveled to an affected region should isolate themselves for 21 days after possible exposure; the person should pay attention to their health and follow CDC guidelines:
- Monitor your health for 21 days if you were in an area with an Ebola outbreak, especially if you were in contact with blood or body fluids, items that have come in contact with blood or body fluids, animals or raw meat, or hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated or participated in burial rituals.
- if you develop fever (temperature of 100.4°F/ 38.0°C or higher) and any of the following symptoms: headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bruising or bleeding, Isolate immediately and call 911. Inform the 911 operator of your recent travel and symptoms.