Lynchburg-area schools screening for Ebola

FILE - In this undated file image by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials on Thursday, July 31, 2014, warned Americans not to travel to the three African countries, hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. (AP Photo/CDC, File)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP/WAVY) — Liberty University is screening international students for the Ebola virus.

Media outlets report that students received questionnaires this week regarding visits to any West African villages. Liberty also plans to monitor the students for 21 days.

Other colleges in the Lynchburg area plan similar screenings, along with high schools that accept exchange students.

Liberty Masters of Public Health program director Dr. Richard Lane told media outlets that about 20 international students are from Nigeria, including 17 who are new students.

Nigeria is one of four countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak. The others are Sierra Leona, Liberia and Guinea. The outbreak began last December and has killed 1,229 people in these countries.

Lane said measures are in place locally to handle Ebola, if there was a suspected case.

10 On Your Side checked with local universities to see what preventative measures are being taken.

Hampton University identified four students who traveled to Africa over the summer, but none visited the effected countries. Old Dominion University, Norfolk State, Christopher Newport University, and the College of William and Mary also said they have not identified any students who recently traveled to those countries.

Although, ODU said they are continuing to monitor the situation, and following recommendations of public health authorities, including the CDC and Virginia Department of Health.


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