Communicable Disease Update – Ebola and Travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging U.S. residents to avoid non-essential travel to West Africa due to the unprecedented Ebola outbreak. Travel warnings have been issued for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Travelers could become infected if they come into contact with blood or body fluids from someone who is sick or has died from Ebola, sick wildlife, or meat from an infected animal. Please keep in mind that Ebola is highly infectious but is not highly contagious. Ebola cannot spread in the air, unlike the flu and tuberculosis. You can only catch the virus by direct contact with blood and other bodily fluids. If any CPCC employees or students must travel to this region please contract Environmental Health and Safety at ext. 6580 or Aashima.Rodkey@cpcc.edu for details on precautionary measures.
EHS will continue working closely with health agencies and keep the college abreast of any pertinent updates.
Please familiarize yourself with the CPCC Communicable Disease Policy
For additional information on the Ebola virus: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/