Ebola Update for the Tufts Community – Oct 16

Dear members of the Tufts community,

All of us continue to be deeply touched by the tragic human impact of the Ebola virus disease, and by the heroism of healthcare workers, service men and women, and all those providing aid to its victims. In the face of this continued concern, we write to you again today to provide an update on the university’s ongoing monitoring and preparation.

To be clear, there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola at Tufts or in Massachusetts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reaffirms that our risk remains low. Ebola is spread only through close personal contact with the blood and/or bodily fluids of an infected person or animal. The virus is not transmitted through the air. People are only contagious if they have active symptoms.

In accordance with CDC guidance, travel to the affected countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone should be postponed until further notice. Tufts community members planning travel to currently unaffected countries are reminded to consult the resources available at http://finance.tufts.edu/risk-ins/international-travel/, and to register their work- or study-related trips with ISOS MyTrips so that we can quickly locate travelers and provide emergency assistance if needed.

The School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine have provided additional information for their students, faculty and staff who serve patients.

The university has compiled an informational resource at http://emergency.tufts.edu/ebola/. We will continue to monitor the outbreak and prepare for possible impacts to the university, and will keep you informed of any changes to our recommendations or practices to meet changing circumstances as we work to safeguard the health and wellness of the Tufts community.

Sincerely,

David Harris
Provost and Senior Vice President

Patricia Campbell
Executive Vice President