April 30, 2017

Message about travel in areas prone to the Zika virus

The following message is from UMW’s Center for International Education:

UMW students and staff who plan to travel to South Florida, Texas, or outside the U.S. during Spring Break should educate themselves about the Zika virus, a dangerous disease carried by mosquitoes.

Before traveling, check the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Zika Travel Information site. Pack insect repellent, long-sleeved shirts and pants, and bed netting if mosquitoes can get to where you will be sleeping. While you are in Zika-prevalent areas, use insect repellent (remember to apply sunscreen first) or cover exposed skin. Do not forget that Zika can be spread through sexual contact, so always use protection if you have sex.

When you return home, keep an eye out for symptoms of the Zika virus and contact your healthcare provider immediately if you think you may have Zika. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint or muscle pain, conjunctivitis, and headache.

For more information about Zika, visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/zika/. We wish you all a safe and happy Spring Break!