University updates guidelines for recent travelers to West Africa

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Posted September 5, 2014; 11:00 a.m.
by Office of Communications

Princeton University continues to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) travel and health advisories regarding the Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa. The CDC now recommends that colleges and universities identify faculty, staff and students who have traveled to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone or Nigeria in the last 21 days to discuss their possible risk for becoming sick and provide instructions for health monitoring.

All faculty, staff and students who have been to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone or Nigeria should contact University Health Services, even if they are not ill. Students should call 609-258-3141 and faculty and staff should call 609-258-5035. Additionally, individuals hosting visiting researchers who may have recently traveled to these countries should contact UHS. Information shared with UHS will be confidential.

Individuals who have been to any of these countries should also continue to monitor their health closely, including regularly monitoring their temperature, for 21 days from the date they were last in an affected country. Individuals who develop a fever or other symptoms should immediately call UHS.

The University announced last month it would not support undergraduate or graduate student travel to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone because of the CDC's travel advisory. Faculty and staff planning to travel to these countries are strongly encouraged to contact Employee Health Services prior to travel.

For further instructions and information about Ebola, visit the Office of Environmental Health and Safety's Ebola information page.

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