Zika Virus Information

August 25, 2016 - University Announcement About Zika Virus
June 10, 2016 - University announcement about zika virus
Feb. 2, 2016 - University Announcement About Zika Virus

ZIKA VIRUS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Zika virus and how is it transmitted?

  • Zika virus is primarily transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitos.
  • It can be spread from person to person through mosquito bites and through sexual contact.
  • Anyone traveling to, or living in, areas where transmission has been reported is at risk of becoming infected. Areas of concern continue to evolve.  Updated Zika information including evolving areas of concern, “Areas of Zika” can be found here: www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html
  • A sexual partner of someone who has traveled to or is living in an active Zika area is at risk of becoming infected.
  • A pregnant woman infected with Zika virus can transmit the infection to her baby in utero.
  • There are currently no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat Zika virus.

What are the symptoms of Zika virus?

  • About 1-in-5 infected people will develop symptoms.
  • Common symptoms include: fever, rash, joint ache, red eye, muscle pain, headache.  
  • Zika virus illness is usually mild and the symptoms may last from a few days to a week.
  • Zika infection has been associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome but this is rare.
  • Pregnant women who have the disease may have babies with head and brain anomalies as well as other potential birth defects. Pregnant and soon to be pregnant women are the main concern with Zika.

What to do:

  • When travelling abroad Zika is only one of a number of things to consider. A discussion with a medical provider prior to travel is strongly encouraged. 
  • If you travel to a Zika area, protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and pants, using insect repellants, permethrin, nets, air conditioning and screens.  http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html
  • If you have travelled to a Zika endemic country and you become ill within two weeks with fever, rash, joint ache, red eye, muscle pain or headache seek medical attention and mention your travel history.  See below for additional information.
  • The CDC recommends the use of mosquito repellant for three weeks after returning from a Zika area to prevent the potential spread of the virus to others via mosquito, even if you were not knowingly infected.

     

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