British university student? Going back in September? Probably should click the X here then.
The body representing British universities, Universities UK, has warned about a ‘potential’ Ebola outbreak on campuses this September, as they prepare to accept thousands of Nigerian students.
UUK has sent letters to all vice-chancellors with clear instructions on how to deal with the deadly virus, on the rare but possible occasion that it surfaces. Christ.
The virus itself has already killed 1,229 people in West Africa, and has spread to Nigeria, where thousands of young people will be coming from to enrol.
A spokesperson for UUK said: “Universities take the welfare of all their students and staff very seriously. From contact we have had over the past few weeks, we know many are closely monitoring the situation with regard to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and any impact this may have on their institution.
“Universities UK has been, and will remain, in close contact with government officials and public health agencies on this issue to ensure we can advise and support our members. We are also working closely with other organisations to ensure the appropriate advice reaches relevant individuals within student services and university administration.”
The instructions sent to University staff say that anyone suspected of being infected by the virus must be immediately put into isolation.
The virus – that has a fatality rate of 90% – cannot be transmitted through air, and only via “direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membrane) and indirect contact with environments contaminated with splashes or droplets of blood or body fluids”
It was reported in March and continues to be on the lips of every paranoid british citizen. So this news is likely to calm the ship!
Ebola comes from wild animals with symptoms including severe fevers, vomiting, diarrhoea and problems with vital organs such as the liver and kidney.