Ebola and Florida State University
Updated 10/28/14 2:00PM
To the Florida State University community:
The threat of Ebola has raised concerns throughout the world, including the United States and here in Florida.
At this time, there are NO identified cases (neither confirmed nor suspected) of Ebola in Florida. Based on a recent analysis of our university community, including students, faculty and staff, there is no reason to believe that Florida State University is at any immediate risk of Ebola.
It is important to emphasize that travel to an affected West African nation (Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia) within the last 21 days and/or direct exposure to someone who has travelled to one of these nations within the last 21 days is a key factor in determining your risk of contracting the Ebola virus. Florida State University does not operate any academic programs in the affected countries nor does Florida State currently have international students from the affected countries.
Many health conditions, including the flu, exhibit similar symptoms and can be confused with Ebola. The West African link is critical. A list of symptoms and more information can be found at our website: emergency.fsu.edu/hazards/ebola/about.
If you suspect that you or someone you know may have been exposed to Ebola, you should contact your physician or health provider by telephone as soon as possible to assess your risk factors and receive guidance regarding further evaluation. Do not report to a medical facility without giving advance notice, if possible. In Tallahassee, both hospitals (Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and Capital Regional Medical Center) are equipped and prepared for Ebola.
Florida State University is working in close coordination with campus and community partners to ensure we are prepared to keep FSU safe from this threat. For more information about Ebola and the university’s preparations, visit our emergency management website: emergency.fsu.edu/hazards/ebola.
Florida State University strongly discourages travel to any country with a CDC Level 3 Warning. Any official university travel to one of these countries (past 30 days, present or future) should be reported to the University’s Emergency Management Director, David Bujak (firstname.lastname@example.org , 850-644-7055) as soon as possible for guidance and monitoring. This added requirement is mandatory for any campus related or funded activities, such as study abroad, research/grant activity, and any other University-related travel.
Additionally, the Governor of Florida has issued an Executive Order requiring all individuals arriving in Florida from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea to be assessed, actively monitored, and/or quarantined by the Florida Department of Health commensurate with their level of risk for 21 days. FSU requests that any university-affiliated individuals who traveled to the aforementioned countries on a personal basis and have been subjected to State monitoring or quarantine to voluntarily identify themselves to FSU Emergency Management prior to returning to campus.
The university will continue to monitor the Ebola threat and will take other appropriate actions as warranted.