December 8th, 2014
As we approach the end of term, the University is aware that students may travel home to visit family and friends in countries affected by the Ebola Virus.
Precautions to take while in the country
The risk of Ebola is low for most travellers but you should take precautions while in an affected region.
Students may be subject to both exit screening at ports on leaving the country and entry screening on entering the UK
What is the entry screening process?
All those travelling from the affected countries will have their temperature taken and complete a questionnaire asking about their current health, recent travel history and whether they might be at potential risk through contact with Ebola patients. Based on the information provided and their temperature, passengers will either receive advice and be allowed to continue their journey, or undergo a clinical assessment by PHE staff and if necessary be transferred to hospital for further tests. Anyone who is well but may have been at increased risk of contact with the Ebola virus will be given printed information and a PHE contact number to call if they develop symptoms.
Where will the entry screening take place?
The UK has introduced enhanced screening to key UK ports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester airports, plus St Pancras (Eurostar).
– fever (37.5˚C or higher)
– body aches
within 21 days of returning from Sierra Leone, Guinea or Liberia, you should contact NHS 111 and tell them where you have travelled.
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