Ebola In The News
Travelers to countries affected by the Ebola outbreak in several West African countries should closely monitor updated information available concerning the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The Ebola outbreak presents health and travel risks. The outbreak has affected the ability to travel to and from, as well as within, the affected countries. Travelers have encountered difficulties in securing alternative travel arrangements. Below are a variety of useful resources you may wish to consult in order to learn more about the disease and its impact on health and travel.
Links for travelers
World Health Organization’s FAQs on the EVD
World Health Organization’s Advice for Travelers re EVD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for US Citizens Abroad and EVD
Ebola Virus – How easily do germs spread on planes? (BBC News)
CDC issues Level 3 Travel Warning
The CDC has issued a warning to avoid nonessential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. This Level 3 travel warning is a reflection of the worsening Ebola outbreak in this region and the severity of the illness. For more details, visit:
Members of the University community are strongly encouraged to heed the CDC and U.S State Department’s cautions regarding travel in this region. Travelers returning from this region are being advised by the CDC as follows:
Persons returning from an affected area but have not had direct contact with the body fluids of symptomatic infected persons or animals, or objects that have been contaminated with body fluids, should monitor their health for 10 days. Those with a potential exposure should monitor their health for 21 days post exposure. Regardless, any traveler who becomes ill, even if only a fever, should consult a health-care provider immediately.
World Health Organization (WHO) declares Public Health Emergency of International Concern
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The current outbreak began in Guinea in December 2013 and currently involves transmission in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. While the likelihood of the arrival of someone into Alaska with hemorrhagic fever due to Ebola virus disease is very low, and the potential for transmission in the United States is even lower, recent developments have raised international concerns.
US State Department provides travel alerts
The US State Department maintains links that provide updated information for travelers. The State Department is providing information about Ebola for travelers, in addition to their “country specific” service that provides information about situations within specific countries, including travel alerts, travel warnings and advice.
Ebola fact sheet
TRAVELERS SHOULD MONITOR DEVELOPMENTS AT THE TIME OF THEIR TRIPS.
The U.S Department of State maintains an excellent website, http://travel.state.gov/, containing information for students abroad, entry/exit requirements, travel warnings and alerts, crises planning, health and medical information, accessibility for the disabled, and a multitude of other facts and resources. At a minimum, students and employees traveling to foreign countries should access the site for current travel advisories prior to departure.
In addition, following is a link to the International Resource Center which was built in partnership between the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA) and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). The Center contains a wealth of information geared towards higher ed including cash management, finance, human resources, legal, research compliance, and risk management: http://irc.nacubo.org/Pages/default.aspx
On this page, you will find UA resources for your travel safety and security.
Procedures, Guides and Checklists
- Travel Abroad Faculty/Leader Preparation Checklist
- Remote Travel & Transportation (field work):
The following coverages are by application only:
- Study Abroad for students and faculty (Includes Accident, Sickness, Emergency Evacuation, Worldwide Assistance Services, etc.)
- Student Travel Accident
- Students may be eligible for health insurance through the student health centers.
The following are automatic coverages applicable to UA employees:
Worldwide Travel Assistance Services
These services, available under two policies (Travel Accident & Foreign Liability) are automatic conditioned upon the appropriate authorization for University of Alaska employee travel.
Travel Accident policy assistance services:
Assistance Services - Call 1-800-626-2427 inside the U.S. or collect 0-713-267-2525 if outside the U.S.:
o Advice on required and recommended immunizations
o Health information and precautions for medically remote or underserved areas
o Information for handicapped or disabled travelers
o Help in arranging special medical services needed while traveling
Medical Emergency Services
o Worldwide, 24-hour medical location service
o Medical case monitoring, arrange communication between patient, family, physicians, employer, consulate, etc.
o Medical transportation arrangements
o Emergency message service for medical situations
o Arranging contact with a local English-speaking attorney
o Worldwide, 24-hour contact for non-criminal legal emergencies
o Legal referral to help you locate a consular official or attorney
o Worldwide, 24-hour telephone contact for advice on handling losses and delays
o Help with lost passports, tickets and documents
o Advice on filing travel-related claims
o Arrange shipments of forgotten, lost or stolen items
o Relay emergency messages
Repatriation of Remains
Foreign Liability policy assistance services:
Call toll free (800) 766-8206 from within the USA or Canada.
Call collect (202) 659-7777 if you are outside the USA or Canada
Employee ID Cards and Passport Stickers are available through by contacting the System Office of Risk Services in Fairbanks.