October 13, 2014
Dear Harvard College Students,
Like all of you, I have been reading with great concern about the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. I have been moved by the loss of life and by the courage of those who have selflessly offered their help.
Many of you, I know, are also concerned about how this might impact our own community here in Cambridge and Boston.
Let me be clear: there have been no confirmed cases of the virus on our campus or in the region. However, as outlined in Provost Garber's letter to the community in August, Harvard has been actively working for the past few months to help ensure the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff. If you have any concerns about your own health, please call Harvard University Health Services at 617-495-2034 or 617-851-8480.
For more information about the disease, including symptoms and tips for the prevention of transmission, please visit the HUHS website.
Harvard faculty and staff in numerous schools are actively involved in finding a cure, working closely with public health officials, convening experts on the subject, and undertaking humanitarian work here at home to support the work abroad to help those who are sick and prevent further infections.
I want to assure you that this will continue to be at the top of our minds, and that we will communicate any information we receive that will help to ensure the health and well-being of members our community.