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UW works with students who recently traveled to Africa to assess Ebola exposure

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As the school year gets underway, UW-Madison continues working with students who have traveled to the region affected by an Ebola outbreak to ensure safety on campus.

According to an epidemiologist at University Health Services, UW has identified five students with recent travel to the region. UHS contacted those students in late August to assess exposure risks. None of the students are ill but they were asked to monitor their temperature for 21 days.

These same procedures are implemented for any traveler returning to the U.S. from the outbreak region in western Africa.

UHS is following guidelines for colleges from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and has implemented most of the recommended procedures.

"We are working closely with local and state health department staff to monitor the situation," Craig Roberts, an epidemiologist with UHS tells 27 News. "UW-Madison does not currently have any students or faculty enrolled in any official academic program in the four countries of concern."

As of late August, the World Health Organization reports 3,069 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola and 1,552 deaths. The outbreak is centered in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

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