Campus concerns: Protecting students from Ebola

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AKRON, Ohio-As the fall semester grows near at the University of Akron, student health services are preparing for students who are coming back to class from countries affected by Ebola.

"It is a national concern and a worldwide threat. We know we have a number of students coming from that part of the country to our campus and they are more than welcome. We are really glad to be having them, but we need to be cautious," said Alma Olsen, director of Student Health Services.

"What we are asking is that students that are coming from that part of the country to check in with student health services. We are going to provide them with a questionnaire to ask them about what they did in their country prior to coming to us," said Olsen.

"I talked to my mom today. It’s a bit crazy back home because people are worried about a huge outbreak," said Nina Johnson-Kanu, a graduate student from Nigeria.

Johnson-Kanu says a dozen or so students are coming from Nigeria and Liberia this semester.

"The school is providing thermometers and a handout to them so they can monitor themselves for the first 21 days. After that, they are in clear," said Johnson-Kanu.

"It’s a tragedy. Now, it’s kind of contained in Nigeria but looking at other neighboring countries, especially other ones in West Africa, it’s really terrible," said Temitope Adepoju, a graduate student from Nigeria.

The threat is very small on campus.

Meantime, the school is working with the Summit County Health Department in being proactive this semester.

Fall semester begins at the University of Akron, August 25.

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