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Columbia aligns with a CDC in transport policy

Dear associate members of a Columbia community:

The University is closely monitoring information and recommendations per transport to West African countries experiencing a Ebola pathogen outbreak.

An essential partial of Columbia’s core goal consists of joining a believe and investigate of a students, expertise and investigate staff to a hunt for solutions to a vital hurdles confronting a tellurian community. The measure of a Ebola conflict and a intensity hazard to so many people consecrate only such a vital challenge. Mindful both of a University’s use goal and of a shortcoming to strengthen a village from a Ebola threat, a University has dynamic to shorten student, faculty, and staff transport to 3 West African countries for any purpose other than to minister to efforts to enclose and discharge a Ebola outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a Level 3 Travel Warning (the top turn of warning), propelling all U.S. residents to equivocate low transport to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. The CDC has released specific recommendation to universities, advising that all education-related transport to these countries be deferred until serve notice. 

CDC’s recommendations opposite non-essential travel, including education-related travel, are dictated to assistance control a conflict and forestall continued widespread in dual ways: to strengthen a health of U.S. residents who would be roving to a influenced areas and to capacitate a governments of countries where Ebola outbreaks are occurring to respond many effectively to enclose a outbreak.

The health caring systems of countries where a Ebola conflict is occurring are being exceedingly stretched as a conflict grows. Moreover, a University’s transport depletion provider (International SOS) has suggested a University that depletion of patients with Ebola-like symptoms might not be achievable.

Accordingly, all Columbia students, faculty, and staff contingency equivocate transport to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Students will not accept credit or appropriation for activities involving transport in these countries, and tyro groups are not available to revisit any of them. Any Columbia student, expertise member or staff chairman who has trafficked to any of these countries given Sep 15 contingency contact Columbia Health Services for additional guidance.

Any Columbia employee, expertise or staff, who wishes to transport to any of these countries to support in fighting a widespread contingency contention a created ask to a suitable dean. On capitulation by a dean, a ask contingency afterwards be sent to a Provost for examination and final approval. Any such ask contingency embody acknowledgment of an depletion devise in box of need. In addition, travelers will be compulsory to approve with suitable reserve precautions and protocols as endorsed by a CDC and other authorities. These protocols will be updated invariably and will embody specific instructions about what a traveler contingency do before and during as good as after transport and before returning to campus.

John H. Coatsworth, Provost

Lee Goldman MD, Dean of a Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine

Robert Kasdin, Senior Executive Vice President

Article source: http://columbiaspectator.com/spectrum/2014/10/13/columbia-aligns-cdc-travel-policy

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