Ebola guidance for students

Ebola is a rare but serious viral infection currently affecting Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The risk to the UK remains very low, and there have been no reported cases of Ebola transmission, but please take a look at this guidance for your safety.

The UK government is closely monitoring the spread of the Ebola virus in the affected countries. For people living outside Africa, there is a very low threat and experts believe even if the virus did arrive in the UK it would be very unlikely to spread.

Transmission of Ebola from person to person is by direct contact with blood and body fluids from an infected person. The spread of the virus is not airborne. The incubation period, the time between infection and symptoms appearing, ranges from two to 21 days.

Advice for University students

If you become unwell with fever chills and muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, sore throat or rash within 21 days of your return from an affected country, you may require urgent medical assessment.

  1. Call 111 (9111 from an internal telephone) to contact the NHS 111 Service, specifying which country you have recently travelled from and that you may need screening for Ebola. 
  2. The operator will be able to give you advice and support and help you take appropriate action if necessary.
  3. If you are on campus and 111 have said they are sending an ambulance, please then ring the Gatehouse on +44 (0)117 32 89999 to advise them that emergency services are on the way. This will help them locate you on campus.

Further information and guidance

See the Ebola virus – UK government response web pages for further information and advice.

The University will continue to monitor the situation carefully. If there is any change to the current advice, this web page will be updated.

Healthcare services for students 

The University Health Centre aims to provide accessible healthcare for everyone working or studying at the University. Please register if you would like to book an appointment. If you have any questions please get in touch.

Please take a look at our Wellbeing Service if you feel that you need support with your mental health needs.

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