Georgetown cancels all trips and programs in West Africa due to Ebola outbreak

In an email sent Friday, Associate Vice President for Risk Management Joseph Yohe and Assistant Vice President for Student Health James Welsh informed the Georgetown community about a temporary moratorium on all University-sponsored travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the three West African nations currently fighting the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

The travel moratorium follows yesterday’s travel warning issued by U.S. health officials, who alerted U.S. citizens of the danger posed by the deadly Ebola virus, which kills about 90 percent of those who contract it and is transmitted via direct contact with bodily fluids. Over 720 people have died in this outbreak.

According to Yohe and Welsh, Georgetown’s travel moratorium is intended to be consistent with the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines and warnings.

In addition to issuing the travel moratorium, Georgetown was forced to postpone The Future of Development and Business in Africa event yesterday because Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had to remain in Liberia.

Vox awaits word from Welsh as to what specific Georgetown trips or programs, if any, are affected by the travel moratorium and will update this post.

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