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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 3, 2014

Northwest taking precautions to guard against Ebola virus

The health and safety of students and employees is always a top priority at Northwest Missouri State University, and the University has provided steps it is taking in regard to recent Ebola cases in the United States and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

While no individuals residing at Northwest or in Nodaway County have reported symptoms in circumstances consistent with risk of Ebola infection, the University is monitoring the situation daily and receives regular guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health department, American College Health Association, American Medical Association and other organizations. Northwest is aligned with all current recommendations and working in conjunction with the Nodaway County Health Department and St. Francis Hospital and Health Services in Maryville.

The U.S. government has issued a travel warning discouraging travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone because of the Ebola outbreak. There are no University trips or programs planned in those countries. For more information regarding the travel warning, click here.

Northwest urges all students and employees who are considering travel to or are returning from Ebola-affected regions, or have had suspected or known exposure to an Ebola patient, to report to Wellness Services or their regular healthcare provider. If you have been in an Ebola-affected country within the last 21 days, or think you have been exposed to Ebola in the last 21 days such as through contact with a known patient, call Wellness Services or your regular healthcare provider immediately – even if you do not have symptoms. Individuals will be given a risk assessment and advised of the next steps to take.

It is important to remember a person infected with Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear. Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is eight to 10 days. Signs and symptoms of Ebola typically include:

When an infection does occur in humans, there are several ways the virus can be spread, including:

For more information and updates from the CDC about Ebola, visit

Northwest has emergency preparedness plans in place and continues to prepare for the remote possibility of an Ebola risk or infection that directly impacts the University community.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468