Important Information

Effective December 29, 2015, NC state and local public health officials have discontinued active monitoring of travelers from Guinea arriving in the NC. Active monitoring was discontinued for travelers from Liberia on June 17, 2015 and for travelers from Sierra Leone on November 10, 2015. See Department of Health and Human Services notice below.

NC Department of Health and Human Services Notice

Review the notice from the NC Department of Health and Human Services

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Response Presentation

View the 2014 Communicable Disease Response Plan and Team presentation by Mary Beth Koza, Director of the Department of Environment, Health and Safety.

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Previous Updates

June 19, 2015

Effective June 17, travelers from Liberia will no longer require active monitoring by North Carolina state or local public health. Travelers leaving Liberia will continue to be screened for symptoms prior to departure and Liberian traveler information will continue to be collected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. These travelers will again be screened for exposures and symptoms upon entry at the five designated airports in the U.S. All travelers from Liberia will receive disease information and instructions to monitor and self-report symptoms should they develop. Travelers from Liberia currently under active monitoring by local health departments may be released from active monitoring and instructed to self-report if symptoms develop.

November 21, 2014

Countries with widespread Ebola transmission continue to include Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Mali has now been added to the list of countries with localized transmission. CDC has instituted a level 2 travel notice for Mali and US airport screening for returned travelers now includes persons who have been in Mali in the past 21 days.

There have been recent outbreaks of communicable diseases in other parts of the world including Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia as well as increased cases of a new and serious respiratory virus known as MERS or Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome. Persons returning from an affected area should monitor their health and if feeling sick contact their health provider. Students, Fellows and Scholars should contact Campus Health at 919-966-2281 and ask to speak with a Registered Nurse. More contact information for Campus Health. Employees should contact the University Employee Occupational Health Clinic (UEOHC) 919-966-9119. Regardless, any traveler who becomes ill, even if only a fever, should consult a health-care providerimmediately and tell him or her about their recent travel and potential contacts.

UNC has a very important policy guiding all travel by UNC students, staff and faculty. See more in the Policy Concerning Study, Travel, and Research in Countries Under U.S. State Department Travel Warnings and U.S. Centers for Disease Control Travel Notices, or go to the UNC Global Travel Info Page.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a Level 3 Travel Warning advising against nonessential travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and a Level 2 warning for the Democratic Republic of Congo (Nigeria has been moved down to a Level 1 Travel Warning). In addition, the CDC is continuing its screening and education efforts on the ground to prevent sick passengers from traveling from the affected countries.

More information from Campus Health Services .

The University endeavors to balance the value of participation in international educational activities against the potential risk to its students and employees of such participation. In balancing these factors, the University relies on information from the U.S. Department of State, most particularly the Travel Warnings issued periodically by that agency, and information in the Travel Notices issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Consequently, the University has developed the policy below that governs educational and other activities in countries for which the Department of State has issued a Travel Warning and countries for which the Centers for Disease Control has issued a Travel Notice.

Ebola Tracking Website For Liberia

The Republic of Liberia now has an easy to read website for tracking Ebola statistics thanks to a team of students and alumni led by an interactive multimedia instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Steven King, an assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and his UNC team of 10 volunteer designers and developers launched http://ebolainliberia.org/ Sept. 8, 2014.