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article imageLynchburg Virginia schools screening for Ebola virus

By Karen Graham     Aug 20, 2014 in Health
Lynchburg - Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia, Lynchburg, an independent city of over 75,000 people is the last place anyone would expect to find someone infected with the Ebola virus, and officials want to keep it that way.
Following a meeting that included about 30 college, health department and city officials last week, it was decided that all area colleges accepting international students and high schools accepting foreign exchange students will have those students complete surveys this week detailing any visits to African villages, as well as have their temperatures monitored. This is to help officials screen for the Ebola virus.
Liberty University’s Dr. Richard Lane, director of the Masters of Public Health program said Liberty University, one of four colleges in the Lynchburg area, is taking the screening process very seriously. Of the 900 international students attending Liberty this year, 20 students are from Nigeria, and 17 of those students are new this year.
“The students that are coming to us are coming from areas we do not believe have Ebola at this time,” Lane said Tuesday afternoon. "No student mission work was conducted in Ebola-affected areas over the summer."
Officials have said health care and communication protocols have been set up on each affected campus, as well as special medical rooms as an additional precaution. Lane and Lynchburg Health Department spokeswoman Leslie Hoglund stressed that area residents should not be overly concerned about transmission of the Ebola virus locally.
"Residents should be assured that while we do have international students coming to the Lynchburg area, the risk for Ebola is extremely, extremely low,” Hoglund said. Hoglund went on to explain that cultural differences in the care and burial of human remains are different in the U.S., and this would make it very unlikely that Ebola could spread.
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