UK Universities 'Afraid' Of Nigerian Students Returning With Ebola Virus

As Nigerian students prepare to return for the September term, UK Universities has planned for a possible Ebola virus outbreak

Institutions in the UK have been urged to prepare for a possible outbreak of the Ebola virus disease as Nigerian students return to start the new term in September.

With Nigeria still battling with the dreaded virus, Universities UK, the umbrella body that represents Vice Chancellors, has written to every university giving detailed guidance on how to deal with an outbreak.

According to , Universities UK is concerned, and for good reasons, that the disease may be imported by the returning students.

"The issue is very much on universities' radars. We circulated to universities the publicly available guidance on the topic," a spokesman for Universities UK said.

The Ebola threat is real because Nigeria is the fourth largest supplier of international students to UK universities, with as many as 9,630 enrolled in 2012-13.

The circulated guidance stipulates that suspected carriers of the Ebola Virus be immediately isolated with staff, student contact prevented.

"The side room should have dedicated en-suite facilities or at least a dedicated commode.

"The level of staff protection is dependent on the patient's condition."

but the World Health Organisation warns that the crisis is likely to continue for months.

After American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, brought the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever into Nigeria, 5 people have died..

In all, the disease has killed 1,060 people out of the 1,975 recorded sufferers.

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