Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Procedures for TROY Faculty, Staff and Students

Troy University (Troy) is concerned for the safety and health of all students, faculty, staff and guests at all its locations around the world. The importance of health safety cannot be overstated or assumed, regardless of the threat, disease or outbreak. We hope the following information about the Ebola Disease and international travel is helpful to you.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted a Level 3 Travel Notice recommending that individuals avoid non-essential traveling to and from four countries in West Africa: Liberia; Sierra Leone; Guinea; Nigeria. We advise that educational and other types of travel to these countries be postponed until the EVD outbreak is controlled.

EVD is not transmitted through the air and is not like a respiratory disease such as the flu or common cold. EVD is only spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from EVD and from objects contaminated with the virus (primarily medical equipment).

Like many other colleges and universities, Troy is following the advice and recommendations of the CDC for colleges and universities (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/advice-for-colleges-universities-and-students-about-ebola-in-west-africa). If you are planning international travel, Troy suggests that you monitor the CDC website for updates.

International Travel Procedures

Based on the CDC guidelines, Troy is establishing the following procedures concerning international travel. Updates will be sent on a periodic basis as changes warrant and will be provided on the Troy website.

The procedures related to EVD are as follows:

  1. Restrict all university-related travel to EVD countries, specifically the countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. This listing may be changed based on the updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Troy University will not support/allow any study abroad programs to take place in EVD countries until the epidemic is officially declared to be over.
  2. Require students, faculty and staff who are traveling outside the United States to any of the countries cited above for credit, non-credit educational experiences, or other purposes, to send an email to the Study Abroad Office at (334-808-6128) or (studyabroad@troy.edu) to register your trip. Before leaving the country, you should provide the dates of travel and the country or countries to which you will be travelling. Reporting should start immediately and continue until further notice.
  3. Require any students, faculty, staff (all employees) and relatives who have been in countries where Ebola outbreaks are occurring or who reasonably believe they may have been exposed to EVD in the past 21 days to identify themselves to the physician in Troy Health Center (334-670-3452) and to the Study Abroad Office (334-808-6128) or studyabroad@troy.edu.
  4. Conduct a risk assessment of any students, faculty, or employees who have been in countries where Ebola outbreaks are occurring or who may have been exposed to EVD within the past 21 days. Such risk assessment shall consist of sending the identified students, faculty, or employees to a physician chosen by Troy, at the cost of the University, for Ebola screening, including a blood test for the presence of Ebola.
  5. Implement CDC guidelines as appropriate for individuals who have had exposure to EVD within the last 21 days. Troy will consult with medical professionals and public health authorities for guidance about how that person should be monitored. Anyone with a potential exposure will receive thorough education from public health authorities or a physician about immediately reporting symptoms and taking the necessary steps for isolation from others.
  6. Prevent anyone who has high or low exposure to EVD from returning to campus until the 21-day monitoring period is over and the individual has been given clearance by a designated health care provider or public health official.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola poses little risk to the US general population and is not contagious until symptoms appear. It is always good to avoid contact with anyone who is sick and to wash your hands regularly. Use soap and water if available or use hand sanitizer that is at least 50% alcohol.