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Risk of Ebola in U.S. Remains Low


Members of the UB community share the international concern about the outbreak in West Africa of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola HF), a severe, often fatal viral illness. Student Health Services is relying on public health resources to provide information and links to the most up-to-date and accurate information available. CDC information.External Site Link Icon

"At UB, we continue to monitor the situation carefully. Our emphasis is on awareness building, acquiring accurate information and being prepared. We don't feel there's any reason for the UB community to be alarmed." says Susan Snyder, Director of Student Health Services at UB.

UB has prepared an FAQ for addressing questions about UB's preparedness and the Ebola virus. Read More

2014 Outbreak

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. According to the CDC, more than 8,000 cases of Ebola have been reported in Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone as of October 8, 2014. With a mortality rate of more than 50 percent, the epidemic is the deadliest ever for the virus. The World Health Organization has declared an international public health emergency. [WHO outbreak updates] External Site Link Icon

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working closely with the WHO to support health officials in the affected countries, including helping to strengthen screening at their airports to try to ensure the outbreak does not spread further. They have emphasized that the outbreak poses "little risk" to the general U.S. population. [CDC outbreak updates] External Site Link Icon

The CDC confirmed the first case to be diagnosed in the U.S. in late September in a person who had traveled to Texas from Liberia. The patient's death was announced on October 8. The CDC has confirmed two cases of Ebola in health-care workers who had direct, care-giving responsibilities for the initial patient. These are is the first person to person transmissions of Ebola in the U.S.

UB Travelers: Avoid Travel to Affected Areas

The university urges all UB community members to avoid travel to the affected areas.

The CDC has issued their highest level of travel warning External Site Link Icon against any nonessential travel to the affected areas in order to facilitate control of the outbreak and prevent continued spread in two ways: to protect US residents who may be planning travel and to enable the affected countries and public health officials to respond most effectively to contain this outbreak [CDC travel health notices External Site Link Icon ].

If you must travel, protect yourself by following CDC safety advice. [For specific guidance, visit 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. External Site Link Icon ]

For those who recently have been in an area affected by Ebola virus:

  • If you have any concerns about your risk for exposure, consult with a health care provider promptly.
  • Monitor your health for symptoms. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus though 8-10 days is most common.
  • If you become ill with fever, diarrhea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms (such as intense weakness, muscle pain, headache, sore throat), please consult a health-care provider immediately to discuss your symptoms, recent travel, and potential exposures and make arrangements to get timely and sensitive care for your illness.

Remember: Ebola HF is rare, and there are many more common infections that cause flu-like symptoms. No matter what the cause of your symptoms, prompt medical care is important for your well-being and to protect others.

Where to Seek Care

  • Students and visiting scholars: CALL Student Health Services at 716-829-3316.
  • Faculty and staff: Contact your primary care provider.
Student Health Services | Michael Hall | 3435 Main St | University at Buffalo | Buffalo, NY 14214-3077 | Tel: (716) 829-3316 | Fax: (716) 829-2564 | Director: Susan M. Snyder | E-Mail