Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

Tulane University continues to closely monitor ongoing developments regarding the Ebola outbreak, and is taking steps to protect members of our community from the Ebola threat. Tulane will informing the Tulane community as new information becomes available.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel warnings for certain countries with active transmission of EVD within the past 42 days.  This includes a level 3 Ebola travel warning for Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Libera (Ebola-Affected Countries), which list is periodically updated by the CDC at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.  

The warning urges U.S. residents to avoid non-essential travel to locations.  To date, there has been no case of Ebola in Louisiana, and the CDC considers Ebola to pose little to no risk to the U.S.  Still, it is essential for the University to have and communicate clear protocols on travel to and from Ebola-Affected Countries and for health precautions in response to suspected Ebola on-campus.  These protocols are discussed below.

As a reminder, Ebola spreads through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person.  If a person has not traveled to an Ebola-Affected Country or otherwise had contact with a person known to have or suspected of having Ebola, then the risk of infection is extremely low.  

 

Travel to an Ebola-Affected Country

•The University recommends that Tulane employees and students follow CDC recommendations to defer non-essential travel to an Ebola-Affected Country and carefully reconsider travel to an Ebola-Affected Country due to continued instability.

•If travel for any reason is essential and cannot be deferred, then Tulane travelers MUST submit a formal request to the Provost by submitting an International Travel Form to the International Travel Group (ITG).  Please contact Wade Wootan at wwootan@tulane.edu for information about this process.  

•International evacuation of Ebola patients is highly complex and may not be achievable and should not be considered as feasible for patients with active clinical symptoms of Ebola.

•International evacuation of travelers with NON-Ebola illnesses from Ebola-affected areas is more complicated and difficult than usual and may not be achievable.

 

Procedures for Return from Ebola-Affected Country 

•If a returned traveler has fever or Ebola symptoms within 21 days of return, DO NOT REPORT TO WORK OR SCHOOL and IMMEDIATELY:

➢Dial 5911 if on-campus (or call TUPD at 865-5381)

➢Dial 911 if on-campus

•Travelers returning from Ebola-Affected Countries who do not have Ebola symptoms are subject to a 21-day home quarantine by Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH).  For this reason and before departing the U.S., the Tulane traveler must coordinate issues of return to work (for employees) and return to school/campus (for students) with Workforce Management and Dean, respectively.  DHH has additional requirements that apply to individuals returning from an Ebola-Affected Country.  Please contact Wade Wootan at wwootan@tulane.edu for information.

 

Last Update:  February 25, 2015