University ensures medical preparedness for potential Ebola outbreak on campus

Earlier this month, Tennessee Tech sent emails to all students, faculty and staff warning them about traveling to areas affected with the Ebola virus, like the West African nations of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a level three notice, which asks people to avoid countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone for non-essential travel.

According to, Ebola in not as contagious as illnesses like the flu or the common cold. The only way to contract Ebola is through contact with an infected person or animal, not contact with a contaminated object or surface. The virus cannot be spread through air, food or water.

Symptoms of Ebola include high fever, weakness, lack of appetite, sore throat and joint and muscle aches. There is no vaccine or cure for Ebola. The virus is managed with blood transfusions, oxygen and fluids. Tech Health Services claims it is prepared to deal with Ebola if any cases are discovered.

To report travel plans, fill out the form using this address

If you have felt any symptoms of Ebola call TTU Health Services (931) 372-3320.