Information about Ebola
last updated 24 October 2014
University of Richmond’s medical director, emergency management, international education and others are monitoring the Ebola outbreak. When necessary, the university will communicate health information, disease education, and protective measures to the campus community.
As with any international safety concern, we stay current with the CDC and State Department warnings regarding travel to the affected area and we incorporate those in our monitoring of this issue.
All U.S. citizens traveling abroad should register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov.
The CDC announced that public health authorities will begin active post-arrival monitoring of travelers whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea.
The CDC issued advice for colleges, universities and students. We have reviewed that guidance to ensure that our university practices align with it.
- Students may contact the Student Health Center at (804) 289-8064, if they have additional questions.
- Faculty and staff should contact the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) at 1-877-ASK-VDH3 or view the Ebola – Frequently Asked Questions.
Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the virus, and infected animals. Ebola is NOT spread through the air or by water, or in general, food.
For more information, please see the CDC's Ebola Information. For information specific to higher education please see the CDC’s Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students.
In addition, please reference and heed the advice of State Department resources.