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UMES Tracking Ebola Outbreak Overseas, Health Center Staff Trained on Symptoms

 PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and taking precautionary measures on campus.

The deadly Ebola virus is sweeping through several countries across West Africa. The disease has killed as least 1400 people, and experts said it could take months to get the outbreak under control.

Students at UMES are keeping up with the growing Ebola crisis overseas. Alicia Thomas-Goode said the Ebola situation is unnerving.

"I think it's pretty scary, especially at the accuracy and the speed that it's spread," Thomas-Goode said.

Ebola is a deadly disease that is transmitted through direct contact with blood or bodily fluids from a person who is infected. It can also spread through exposure to contaminated objects.
Vice president of Student Affairs Dr. Anthony Jenkins said school health officials have been trained to recognize symptoms of the disease, as students who have traveled from near and far prepare to settle down on campus.

"Nothing has come to our attention that would be of any alarm or any concern to our students or to our campus; we just want to be proactive." Dr. Jenkins said.

The university sent a letter to students and their families about the training health officials have undergone. The letter also outlines symptoms of the virus, including stomach pain, diarrhea and abnormal bleeding.

Samantha Hutton said she is glad to know the school is trained to handle such serious situations.

" I feel safe knowing that they'll be looking out for us and protecting us," Hutton said.

Thomas-Goode said it eases her concerns too.

"It makes me feel a lot safer as a student and as a human being because the Ebola virus is very deadly," she said

 University officials encourage anyone with questions to contact the school’s health center.

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