When news that Ebola had entered the U.S. broke in September, panic resulted for many residents.
However, while the threat of the foreign disease is now more tangible, it is unlikely that citizens need to fear.
Meanwhile, several strategies and precautions exist for students interested in the Study Abroad program at ISU they can take despite this threat.
“At this time the Office of International Studies and Programs does not have any students studying in Western Africa,” Samantha Potempa, Study Abroad coordinator, said.
“We are closely monitoring the Ebola situation, and will continue to do so. If an ISU study abroad student was affected, we would work with the student to help them receive the necessary medical attention,” she said.
“Study abroad programs are wonderful things and the current Ebola situation is not one that should discourage students,” Dr. Ben Sadd, assistant professor of Infectious Disease Ecology, said.
As of now, it is advisable not to travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea or Liberia. This is where outbreaks have been the most severe here, but outside of these countries, risk is negligible, Sadd said.
The best way students can educate themselves on foreign diseases is by doing research. Doing research when travelling or planning to travel to unfamiliar destinations should be a top priority for any traveler. . . .