University officials taking precautions in response to Ebola outbreak

While U.S. risk is considered “very low,” the University is working to ensure student health and safety

8/18/2014 | By: Nicole Shearer  |

InfographicThe potential for an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. is considered very low.

In response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, officials at the University of Nevada, Reno are working to identify any potential risk to the campus community.

"Like many universities across the country, precautions are being taken because institutions like ours host a vibrant, global community of students, researchers and professors representing over 80 nations," Melisa Choroszy, associate vice president for enrollment services at the University, said. "While there are no immediate implications for our campus related to the health crisis in West Africa, having accurate and accessible information is always the appropriate course of action." 

The Office of International Students and Scholars does have a small number of students enrolled from West Africa, however, none of the students are from Sierra Leone, Guinea or Liberia, three of the countries with the highest safety concerns.

The University Studies Abroad Consortium, based on the University's campus in Reno, also offers a Ghana study abroad program. The University of Ghana does not believe that there is a threat to its students and no warnings have been issued.

"USAC will continue to monitor the situation, but has no reason to believe our students will be impacted," Julie Mathews, director of university relations for USAC, said.

According to the CDC and the World Health Organization, the potential for an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. is considered very low.

The University, in particular Student Health Services, is monitoring this situation and has protocols in place to ensure the wellbeing of its campus community. For those interested, Student Health Services has put together an Ebola fact sheet and list of frequently asked questions. The CDC and World Health Organization also offer information and updates about Ebola.  


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