Ohio State Navbar

The Ohio State UniversityOffice of International Affairs

give a donation

  • People's Choice Voting

    The 2019 International Photography Exhibition is open for People’s Choice Award voting. Vote by liking images in the Facebook album.

  • Pinta Awarded Fellowship

    Justin Pinta has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Study Abroad in London

    Fisher College of Business marketing specialization major Diana Rybacki studied abroad in London via AIFS.

Travel Alerts

June 11, 2019 – The Ugandan Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed a case of Ebola Virus Disease in Uganda. Although there have been numerous previous alerts, this is the first confirmed case in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak on-going in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo. The individual is reported to be a 5-year old child from Butembo (DRC), whose family crossed into the Kaesese District of Uganda on June 9, 2019 and arrived at Kagando Hospital about 12-miles from the border. The child has been transferred to a specialized treatment center in Bwera on the border with DRC. The Ugandan Ministry of Health is conducting contact tracing to determine those in contact with the individual while he was infectious. Those persons will all undergo 21+ days of observation by the authorities to see if they develop Ebola symptoms. Emerging reports indicate two additional relatives of the child may also exhibit symptoms. There are no confirmed cases in any other parts of the country.

Ohio State has two groups actively in Uganda.

  1. The Global May Uganda is in country through June 15. The group has not traveled to Kaesese District or any neighboring districts during its time in Uganda. The group’s remaining itinerary is entirely in the capital area of Kampala/Entebbe. This is approximately 200 direct miles or 275 driving miles (7 hours) from the border area where the family crossed into Uganda.
  2. Ohio State also has a small graduate research team near Masaka. The research team is approximately 130 direct miles or 175 driving miles (4.5 hours) from the impacted area.

In response:

  1. Ohio State has confirmed that travelers have not entered Kaesese District, Uganda
  2. No travel is planned to Kaesese District and Ohio State has advised against current travel to the district.
  3. Out of abundance of caution Ohio State is currently advising against travel to any of the bordering districts, including Rubirizi, Kamwenge or Kabarole.

The incident is being monitored by Ohio State’s Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) task force, which is co-coordinated by the Chief Medical Officer of the Wexner Center for Medicine and the Medical Director of the University Hospital and includes multiple experts on infectious disease. Ohio State is also monitoring updates from WHO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its insurance providers.

March 18, 2019 – Ohio State is aware of an ongoing incident originating in Utrecht, Netherlands. Ohio State has no known students studying in the city of Utrecht. The university has reached out to other students studying in the Netherlands and they have affirmed they are not in the area of the incident. All travelers are advised to refrain from travel to Utrecht today and to monitor local security updates from @Politie and local media.