Travel Advisory: Ebola Virus

UNSW is closely monitoring the Ebola virus outbreak in several West African countries. At this time, the University has no students who are known to be traveling in the affected region.
 
UNSW’s International SOS service has issued travel advisories for any members of the community planning to visit these areas: https://www.internationalsos.com/ebola/index.cfm?content_id=394&language_id=ENG
 
Given the current situation in West Africa before contemplating travel to the region a risk assessment must be undertaken and that flights should not be arranged prior to discussion with a senior university manager.
 
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has also issued a warning to avoid nonessential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. This Level 3 travel warning is a reflection of the worsening Ebola outbreak in this region and the severity of the illness. For more details, visit: http://smartraveller.gov.au/guide/all-travellers/health/Pages/infectious-diseases.aspx 
 
Members of the University community are strongly encouraged to heed the DFAT smarttravller.gov.au for cautions regarding travel in this region.  Travelers returning from this region are being advised by the Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention as follows: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/index.html?mobile=nocontent&s_cid=cdc_homepage_whatsnew_001
 
Persons returning from an affected area but have not had direct contact with the body fluids of symptomatic infected persons or animals, or objects that have been contaminated with body fluids, should monitor their health for 21 days. Those with a potential exposure should monitor their health for 21 days post exposure. Regardless, any traveler who becomes ill, even if only a fever, should consult a health-care provider immediately.  
 
All students and staff travelling overseas for university related activities are reminded that you are required to register your travel with UNSW. For further information see: http://www.international.unsw.edu.au/outbound-opportunities/student-exchange/preparing-go-abroad/
 
Students may contact the University Health Service with any questions or concerns: Please call first so we can make arrangements for your assessment
or UNSW Health and Safety: http://www.safety.unsw.edu.au
 
 
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