As you may be aware from international news reports, world health officials are working diligently to treat a significant outbreak of the Ebola virus, currently centered in the western African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
While the risk of infection and transmission at Memorial is very low, preparedness is at the core of our university’s culture. Our university community includes many international students, faculty, staff and visitors, so it is important to be educated about this issue.
A team comprised of the university’s chief physician, the office of the chief risk officer and the international centre, and reporting to the Vice President (Administration and Finance) is keeping on top of the status of health advisories issued by the Canadian government and the World Health Organization as well as any potential impacts here at Memorial.
International students, faculty, staff and visitors continue to be welcomed at Memorial, as per the current advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). At the same time, PHAC is advising against all non-essential travel to impacted areas of western Africa, and we encourage members of the university community to follow this advisory for all non-essential work-related or personal travel.
For up to date information from Canada’s public health agency, please click here.