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UMES Officials Monitor Ebola Virus Disease Situation

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 PRINCESS ANNE, MD - The Charles R. Drew Student Health Center staff  at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and collaborating with our local health department. 

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal, disease in humans. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air. Ebola virus is transmitted only through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected, symptomatic person or 
through exposure to contaminated objects (such as needles).

Symptoms of EVD include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear between two to 21 days after exposure to the Ebola virus. An individual would have to have direct contact 
with someone experiencing symptoms for disease transmission to occur.

There is currently a Level 3 travel warning issued by the CDC to restrict nonessential travel to the countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. 
Travelers returning to the U.S. from West Africa who have not been in direct contact with anyone affected by the virus are at very low risk of developing symptoms. All returning travelers are encouraged to monitor themselves for symptoms of fever, headache, and muscle aches for 
three weeks after they return. If symptoms develop, please call a healthcare provider and let them know your travel history.

UMES' Charles R. Drew Student Health Center staff is training on the signs and symptoms of the Ebola virus and will be on high alert as fall 2014 semester begins. The university's response to the Ebola threat will be guided by the recommendations of CDC and DHMH, and by ongoing 
developments.

Any UMES students, faculty or staff arriving from Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, or Nigeria should contact the UMES Charles R. Drew Student Health Center at 410-651-6597 for further guidance. 
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