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Ebola Virus Update

The Department of Environmental Health & Safety has been monitoring the on-going Ebola outbreak that is currently affecting countries in Western Africa. At this point, it is important to stress that there are currently no cases of Ebola in Canada and the risk to the university community is very low.

This situation highlights a need to remind members of the Queen's University community of the University's Off-Campus Activity Safety Policy (OCASP) – http://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/policies/board/ocasp.html

The Policy outlines the requirements for undertaking off-campus activities that are organized or sanctioned by the University. In the Policy, two broad categories: "manageable risk" and "unmanageable risk" are defined. Activities in the "manageable risk" category may proceed, subject to appropriate safety planning and approval. Activities deemed to entail unmanageable risk are not permitted to be carried out.

There is currently a DFATD warning covering Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. As per Section 4.3 and 6.6 of the Policy, Queen's University currently considers travel to these areas to entail unmanageable risk and are not permitted to be undertaken until the warning is lifted.

To view the current DFATD warnings please visit http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

The Ebola virus is spread only through direct contact with the body fluids of someone who is sick with Ebola. People who do not have symptoms cannot infect others. Ebola is not spread through the air nor through food or water. The typical symptoms of Ebola include fever, headache, sore muscles, severe tiredness, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. Later on red eyes, bruising, or a rash may develop. Symptoms occur 2 to 21 days after exposure, most commonly 8 to 10 days after exposure.

As recommended by Public Health Ontario (PHO), any recent travellers from the affected countries are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms for 21 days after leaving the area. Information is available from the PHO bulletin “Advice for Returning Travellers from Countries/Areas Affected by Ebola Virus isease” . Any traveller from the area who is feeling unwell should seek medical care and are encouraged to call ahead to the health care provider and tell them about their travel history and symptoms. For students, health care is available from Student Health Services through Health Counselling and Disability Services (http://www.queensu.ca/hcds/hs/)

Additional information about Ebola can be found on the following websites:

We will continue to monitor the situation and will update the university community as necessary. If you have questions or concerns regarding this situation, please contact the Department of Environmental Health & Safety at Ext. 32999 or safety@queensu.ca.


Guidance in Completion of Online Forms
Reference Sheet – Completion of Online form – Low-Risk Activity
Reference Sheet – Completion of Online form – Higher-Risk Activity
Reference Sheet – Completion of the Acceptance Process – Participant

OCASP 2.0 Login
Please click here to be redirected to the OCASP 2.0 Login page.

Off Campus Activity Safety Policy
Click here to go to the Off Campus Activity Safety Policy page

Contact the OCASP Administrator.
Email: ocasp.coordinator@queensu.ca
Tel: 613-533-6000, ext. 78064

Rainbow Line

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