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Know Before You Go: Zika Virus

With Spring Break a few weeks away, students should take heed to recent travel notices issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for people traveling to countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

The Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes and through sexual activity. The most common symptoms of Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other symptoms include muscle pain and headache. While the symptoms for the illness are usually mild and last several days to a week, there is currently no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika. Hospitalization for the disease is uncommon.

Zika virus has been linked to a specific birth defect called microcephaly, a condition where a baby’s head is much smaller than expected. The CDC issued special travel precautions for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant, recommending that they avoid visiting places where the virus is currently circulating.

If you are concerned about a risk of exposure to Zika related to upcoming travel, contact a specialist in travel medicine. Pregnant women, or women planning to become pregnant, should consult their OB/GYN. Students planning to travel outside of the continental United States should regularly review travel notices for updates.

Travelers can limit their exposure to Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses by taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites as well as avoiding sexual contact with a person who has Zika virus. Sexual partners can protect each other by using condoms to prevent spreading sexually-transmitted infections.

Updated: 02/02/2016

This is an ongoing health alert; information will be updated following guidance from the Tarrant County Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and World Health Organization.

For more information on Zika Virus, visit http://www.uta.edu/healthservices/health/health-alerts.php.


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