- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s state university system has stepped up its response to the Ebola outbreak by expanding a committee monitoring the potential threat while continuing a ban on school-sponsored travel to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher says in a memo to campus leaders that the system’s “Ebola Working Group” is adding campus specialists in a variety of fields, including public health and international programs, and each campus will designate a point person for communicating with the group.

She said new precautions on top of earlier steps outlined in August are a response to “ongoing developments in the U.S.”

Campus officials will continue efforts to identify potential travelers from the affected West African countries and there will be more emergency drills.

The system’s three hospitals have already done drills. They’ll be joined by campuses with health centers.

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