Ebola Safety Precautions

UCLA Student Health:
The risk of contracting Ebola in the United States remains extremely low. As of this update, cases of Ebola have been limited only to travelers returning from affected West African nations and the U.S. healthcare workers caring for them in the state of Texas. Never the less, a number of precautions have already been taken, both locally and nationally, to ensure the safety of UCLA students. 

Federal response and CDC measures:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has implemented aggressive measures to assist hospitals in preventing any spread of the Ebola virus. This includes contact tracing protocols (i.e. identifying and monitoring anyone who has had close personal contact with the patient) for the current and any future confirmed cases in the state of Texas. The CDC has also announced that it will rapidly deploy expert teams to any U.S. hospital requiring additional support and continues to make extensive healthcare guidelines and information aimed at dispelling myths about the virus available on its website (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/​).  Health care professionals across the nation are being reminded to use meticulous infection control measures at all times. 

UCLA Health System:

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center will conduct an Ebola safety drill on Friday, October 17. UCLA’s precautionary protocols utilize a multi-pronged approach and include specific instructions for transporting patients through the hospital, safe disposal of infectious medical waste, dedicated equipment and mobile laboratories for use only in Ebola patients, and the adoption and implementation of specialized staff training. Doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and other personnel in contact with Ebola patients will be equipped with Personal Protective Equipment that includes respirators, full body suits with hoods and booties and fluid-resistant gowns. Further, in an effort to limit possible staff exposure to the virus, the UCLA Medical Center is committed to ensuring that the minimum number of healthcare workers required to safely and effectively care for patients infected with Ebola would be utilized.

The Ashe Center’s commitment to students:
The Ashe Center’s Infection Control & Safety Committee continues to monitor the current outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) at home and abroad. We understand that developing news of infections on U.S. soil is likely to cause many students and their families justifiable concerns and raise legitimate questions. 

We have already established and trained our staff to diligently adhere to guidelines for assisting and responding to students with or without symptoms who are returning from affected areas. In addition, we are committed to providing up-to-date information regarding developments in the Ebola outbreak, and are working in cooperation with our on-campus and UC System partners to maximize preparedness and minimize any risk to the UCLA campus community.

Download The Ashe Center Travel Safety Guidelines

Click here for detailed travel recommendations from The Ashe Center.​

Helpful Links from the CDC