CSU Preparedness for Ebola Virus
TO: CSU Employees, Students, Parents, and the CSU Community
FROM: Chancellor Timothy P. White
SUBJECT: CSU Preparedness for Ebola Virus
We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) information on the Ebola virus and are working with our campuses, Student Health Services Directors, and staff at the Chancellor’s Office to safeguard the health and safety of our students, our employees and our campus communities.
The CSU’s campuses and the Chancellor’s Office are reviewing and updating their plans for handling individuals from our campus communities who exhibit symptoms that may be associated with the disease, consistent with the evolving CDC protocols. In addition, the CSU’s student health centers have instituted practices and are coordinating and sharing protocols for handling students and employees who may present symptoms consistent with the Ebola virus in accordance with CDC guidelines.
While there has been widespread media attention, according to the CDC the risk of contracting Ebola is extremely low unless a person has had direct contact with blood or other body fluids of an infected individual. Consistent with our normal policies, all individuals who are planning campus-sponsored travel to West African countries affected by the Ebola virus are to follow the campus protocols for review and approval of travel. Until further notice and to maintain as safe an environment as possible, I have directed all campuses to prohibit campus-sponsored non-essential travel to countries where the CDC has issued a travel warning. Individuals returning from West African countries affected by the Ebola virus are urged to follow the important guidance provided by the campus and local health agencies.
The campuses and the Chancellor’s Office are also reviewing their emergency operations plans to enhance their understanding of the illness, its symptoms, and the campus response. These plans are being reviewed regularly and will be activated as necessary.