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Protests in Hong Kong - Update

8/12/19

The unrest in Hong Kong continued into its tenth week this weekend, with both the geographic footprint and intensity of the demonstrations increasing. Protests have become more tactical and mobile. Police response has increased in intensity as well, with violent clashes breaking out over the weekend. The most notable incidents occurred when police chased demonstrators into subway stations, exposing bystanders to possible injury. Therefore, OGSS strongly recommends travelers to Hong Kong avoid using the subway, including the popular and convenient Airport Express. Travel by taxi or bus is preferred.

Airport demonstrations have been ongoing for the past four days and have caused mass travel disruption, including blanket cancelations of outgoing and incoming flights at certain points in time.

OGSS is monitoring the situation moment to moment and is in daily communication with our university partners on the ground as well as our security information provider. We will continue to update our outbound undergraduate exchange students over the next several days. We are also in communication with graduate program directors administering programs with planned travel to Hong Kong. As of 8/12/19, all programs are still going forward as scheduled.

For additional information or specific questions, please contact globalsafety@northwestern.edu

 


Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

6/17/19

The first confirmed cases of the Ebola virus have recently turned up in Uganda, with 3 deaths reported to date.  Response has been swift and the additional suspected cases have been transferred back to Congo (DRC) for treatment. There are currently no confirmed cases in Uganda.

At this time, the WHO has decided that the outbreak does not yet meet the criteria for a public health emergency of international concern.  Concurrently, the CDC does not currently have any Travel Health Alerts for Uganda.

While in an area affected by Ebola, the CDC advises it is important to avoid the following:

  • Contact with blood and body fluids (such as urine, feces, saliva, sweat, vomit, breast milk, semen, and vaginal fluids).
  • Items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids (such as clothes, bedding, needles, and medical equipment).
  • Funeral or burial rituals that require handling the body of someone who died from EVD.
  • Contact with bats and nonhuman primates or blood, fluids and raw meat prepared from these animals (bushmeat) or meat from an unknown source.
  • Contact with semen from a man who had EVD until you know the virus is gone from the semen.

These same prevention methods apply when living in or traveling to an area affected by an Ebola outbreak. After returning from an area affected by Ebola, monitor your health for 21 days and seek medical care immediately if you develop symptoms of EVD.

The Office of Global Safety and Security will continue to monitor this situation throughout the summer.  Anyone with questions should reach out to globalsafety@northwestern.edu.