Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
You are most likely aware of the attention focused on the ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak centered in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, with a very limited number of secondary cases in Nigeria linked to a single infected person.
The information below is provided to reinforce the CDC message that Ebola poses little risk to persons in the U.S. and the Middlebury community, even from those traveling back to the US from those areas:
- Ebola is NOT a respiratory disease like the flu. It is NOT transmitted through the air.
- Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of a person who is sick with, or has died from EVD and from objects contaminated with the virus (needles, medical equipment).
- A person infected with Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear. Signs and symptoms of Ebola include fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F) and severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising. Signs and symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola.
- Airports in the affected areas are screening for travelers with illness, fever, or potential contact with Ebola cases and are actively restricting air travel based upon this assessment.
We encourage our community to keep in mind that the risk due to Ebola on the Middlebury, Vermont campus is negligible. For those providing support services to or having regular contact with individuals who have recently traveled from West Africa countries, the individuals should be treated no differently than others arriving to campus.
Middlebury College health officials will continue to actively monitor the ongoing situation in West Africa and will post updates as needed.