UNE cancels West Africa trip because of Ebola

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A group of 38 health care students and eight faculty members was supposed to go to Ghana Monday for a clinic. Instead, the group is calling off the trip.

Dr. Dora Anne Mills, the Vice President of Clinical Affairs, says while they don't think they would've been in direct contact with the deadly virus, there are a lot of questions surrounding the outbreak, such as how fast it will spread, and what impact the virus could have on their colleagues in Ghana.

"We also know that this outbreak is not in control yet, and it could occur either in Ghana or some place close by," said Mills. "We wanted to make sure the overall health and safety of our students was kept in mind as well as we didn't want to be a burden to our Ghana colleagues."

UNE has been running this medical trip for the last 15 years. They plan to postpone it for several months until the outbreak is under control.


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