On July 31, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a level-3 travel advisory for travel to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the West African countries currently experiencing an unprecedented outbreak of Ebola virus. According to the advisory, “the CDC urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel” to these countries. MIT Medical recommends that members of the MIT community review MIT’s travel risk policy and follow CDC recommendations to avoid nonessential trips to this area.
“The cases of Ebola that have occurred during this outbreak have been in people who have had direct contact with body fluids from patients who were diagnosed with Ebola,” emphasizes MIT Medical’s associate medical director Howard Heller, M.D., an infectious disease specialist, adding that contact with blood and bodily fluids is very unlikely to happen from casual contact. Further information about Ebola symptoms and precautions can be found on the CDC website.
Members of the Institute community with questions about medical issues related to Ebola may contact Heller or Infection Control Specialist Jackie Sherry at MIT Medical. Questions regarding trip cancellations or other travel matters should be directed to the MIT Travel Office.