Study abroad programs in West Africa suspended by University of Illinois

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URBANA - In response to the Ebola outbreak, the University of Illinois is planning extra screening for students arriving from West Africa, and is suspending study-abroad programs in Sierra Leone.  

Martin McFarlane, the university's associate director of International Student and Scholar Services, says that of the 3,500 new international students expected this fall, only a handful will be affected by the outbreak.

According to Dr. Robert Palinkas, all new international students are screened by health care workers.  However, students from West Africa will go through additional interview and educational processes.

The University is also suspending its programs in Sierra Leone this fall.  No students were studying in West Africa this summer.

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