The outbreak of the Ebola virus in three African countries has forced the Virginia women's basketball team to cancel a scheduled visit to the continent later this month.
"With the team's trip to Africa scheduled to begin in a little over a week, we've been closely monitoring the news of the Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone," UVa athletic director Craig Littlepage said in a school-issued statement. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday warned Americans to avoid nonessential travel to these countries as the health threat level was raised to 3, the agency's highest level."
"While the trip's itinerary does not include travel to these three countries, Senegal's position as a neighboring country to Guinea creates great concern on our part."
The Cavaliers were scheduled to leave August 10 for a 10-day visit to Africa, that would have included three games against teams from South Africa and Senegal. A UVa spokesperson says the team hopes to reschedule the trip for next year.