With Ebola and other infectious diseases still in the news as the holiday travel season begins, UIndy is assuring students, faculty and staff that all recommended measures and precautions are in place to guard against possible outbreaks and respond to any such concerns arising in the campus community.
The university follows guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana Department of Health in regard to evaluating and treating patients, as well as the use and disposal of protective equipment. We also are monitoring CDC guidelines for student health centers, which are posted here.
At UIndy, it is standard procedure for our health center nurses seeing any individual with flu-like symptoms to ask about their recent travel or exposure to individuals who have traveled. Any patient suspected of having Ebola would be immediately isolated in preparation for ambulance evacuation to a hospital. Our health care workers have a supply of protective clothing and would follow all recommended precautions.
In considering whether to approve international travel for students, faculty and staff, UIndy follows advisories issued by the U.S. State Department and CDC. No faculty or student trips to West Africa are scheduled nor being approved at this time. In the event of any personal visits to affected areas, travelers will be asked to self-monitor for 21 days in accordance with the CDC’s Ebola guidelines.
Any students and employees preparing for university-related international travel are being informed about the status of Ebola outbreaks and precautions to follow during their trips and upon their return.