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OSU takes preventive measures for Ebola

As the nation aggressively addresses the threat of Ebola, it is important to note that the widespread transmission of the disease and subsequent chances of a large scale outbreak still remain low in Oklahoma.

OSU health officials have taken preventive measures to plan for the unlikely event of an Ebola exposure on campus. This plan involves policies and procedures passed down from the CDC and the State Health Department, campus pandemic protocol, and coordination with Stillwater Medical Center.

With input from the OSU international student office, OSU University Health Services physicians are performing CDC-recommended health risk screenings and tracking any OSU-affiliated travelers from affected countries. This is an additional local screening on top of the screening travelers will have already received at an international airport.

In addition, the CDC has issued a “Level 3” travel warning which discourages any unnecessary travel to the countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. OSU advises employees and students not to travel to those countries as long as the CDC warning is in place.

For answers to basic questions about Ebola, see below. For the latest developments and general facts on the Ebola virus, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola .


1. What is Ebola?

Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus though 8-10 days is most common.

2. How is Ebola transmitted?

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or though exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

3. Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?

No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.

4. Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?

No. Ebola is not a food-borne illness. It is not a water-borne illness.

5. Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms?

No. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.

Ebola Transmission Reference (pdf)

Quick Reference for Suspected Ebola Case (pdf)


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