Zika Virus

The Zika virus is a disease that is spread to humans from an infected mosquito. Zika can also be spread among humans through sexual contact.

Symptoms

While most people do not experience symptoms if they have contracted Zika, the following symptoms can occur:

Symptoms are usually mild and last 5-7 days after contraction.

Transmission

Zika virus can be transmitted:

Prevention

Prevent Mosquito Bites:

Zika is spread through blood for about 1 week after contraction. Continue using preventative measures to avoid further mosquito bites if you have symptoms.

For more information, visit CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] ’s pages on:

Use Contraception:
Prevention for Pregnant Women:

Pregnant women or women who are trying to become pregnant should take extreme measures to prevent the contraction of Zika due to the connection between the Zika virus and microcephaly.

Visit CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] ’s Zika and Pregnancy page for more information.

International Travel

The Centers for Disease Control has issued travel notices to areas where Zika is being spread. It is recommended that travelers, especially pregnant women, avoid travel to these areas. If one cannot avoid travel or their male partners plan to travel to these areas, they should take the necessary precautions while traveling and upon return.

After Your Trip:

Testing

Individuals must meet the epidemiologic testing criteria in order to receive testing.

Faculty and staff should contact their health care provider or visit the Dallas County Health and Human Services website for more information on testing.

The Student Health Center is able to provide testing to students for the Zika virus.

The Student Health Center is located on the fourth floor of the Student Services Building (SSB 4.700). The center is open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and is closed on weekends and University holidays.

Resources

On-Campus Resources:

Online Resources:

 

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