Global Epidemics

Ebola 
Due to worldwide concerns about the spread of Ebola disease, Padnos International Center advises all GVSU students, faculty, and staff who are planning to travel internationally, to be familiar with the very latest recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov).

The Padnos International Center further recommends that people from the GVSU community avoid travel to any countries at CDC Level 2 or Level 3.

H1N1 Mexican (Swine) Flu 
If a global flu pandemic occurs, it will affect everyone in every country. Quarantines and travel restrictions would obviously affect GVSU students studying abroad. The staff of the Padnos International Center is carefully monitoring the situation, and is currently sending students on approved study abroad programs in many corners of the globe, including Mexico. As we do this, we recognize that our students are currently not facing substantial risk of contracting the H1N1 virus, especially when compared to normal risks associated with study abroad.

What about H5N1 Avian Influenza?
If a global flu pandemic occurs, it will affect everyone in every country. Quarantines and travel restrictions would obviously affect GVSU students studying abroad. The staff of the Padnos International Center is carefully monitoring the situation, and is currently sending students on approved study abroad programs in many corners of the globe. As we do this, we recognize that our students are currently not facing substantial risk of contracting the H5N1 virus, especially when compared to normal risks associated with study abroad.

What is PIC doing already?

  • Insisting that students register with the US Embassy upon arrival in the destination country, which adds them to the distribution list for important information on safety, security, and health alerts from the US Embassy.
  • Closely monitoring information provided by the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization.
  • Providing students with emergency contact information

If you have any questions regarding the information above, contact the Padnos International Center.

For Additional Information on Health Issues Abroad Visit: 
www.drwisetravel.com/index.html
www.studentsabroad.com/contents.html 
www.tripprep.com
https://www.ciee.org/what-we-stand-for/health-safety-security
www.studentsabroad.state.gov/



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