Two Marquette students studying abroad in Guatemala have contracted malaria and will return home by Wednesday, Director of University Communication Kate Venne said Tuesday evening.
“Health care teams have treated the students in Guatemala and Marquette University has made arrangements for them to return home so they can continue in their recovery with their families,” Venne said in an emailed statement. “The well-being and safety of our students is our highest priority, whether they are on campus or studying at one of our many sites abroad.”
Venne said one of the students was traveling to the United States Tuesday evening and that the other will return home Wednesday.
It is as yet unclear which program the students were abroad for and when they contracted the disease. The recovery time for malaria depends on the type of infection and the type and length of treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Malaria is not a contagious disease.