It's almost ready for the fall term to begin at area colleges and universities, and officials are making sure the dorms are ready, setting up schedules, and, many are making plans to deal with any students who may have been exposed to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

  Texas colleges educate students from around the world, including from nations like Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, which are at the heart of the latest Ebola outbreak which has killed nearly a thousand people in Africa.

  The state's medical schools also include med students who may have spent their summer working with victims of Ebola.

  Dr. Joseph McCormick, Regional Dean of the U.T. School of Public Health in Brownsville and the Vice President for South Texas Programs for the U.T. Health Science Center in San Antonio, told Newsradio 1200 WOAI those precautions begin by identifying students who may be carrying Ebola.

  He says anybody who has been in West Africa or has been in contact with any Ebola patients there are asked to report to the school if they have been in that situation within the last 21 days, which is the standard incubation period for Ebola.

  "In the event that a student, say, who has traveled in the last 21 days in an area of West Africa, or if they have been in contact with anyone who is ill," he said.

  Dr. McCormick says those students should be monitored for symptoms.  He says if any potential symptoms of Ebola are seen, from joint or muscle aches to a fever of 100 degrees or higher, the student should not report to work or to class, and should instead by quarantined.

  "Get them into an isolation situation within the hospital," he said.  "It doesn't have to be anything that special, but it does have to be an isolation unit."

  He says there they will continue to be checked in an isolated place to protect other students.

  Dr. McCormick is not concerned that the start of the school year will introduced Ebola to Texas college campuses.  He says Ebola is very difficult to transmit, and it largely spread by the Third World sanitation practices as well as funeral rituals which are practices in West Africa.