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To UT Dallas Students, Faculty, and Staff:
With mosquito viruses such as Chikungunya, Dengue and Zika in the news lately, UT Dallas wants to share some information to help increase awareness.
According to Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS), there have been no reports of locally-acquired cases. However, imported cases make local spread possible because the mosquitoes that can transmit those viruses are found in Dallas County. Mosquito season in Dallas County is officially from May to October, but DCHHS has seen mosquito activity in other months while conducting year-round surveillance.
Chikungunya, Dengue and Zika viruses are not spread directly from person to person. All three viruses are spread by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters, prefer to bite people, and live indoors and outdoors near people. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with one of the viruses. Infected mosquitoes can then spread it to other people.
Chikungunya, Dengue and Zika viruses are endemic to tropical regions such as Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
Although each virus has a unique set of symptoms, an infected person may experience fever, headache, rash, muscle or joint pain usually within a week of being bitten by a mosquito carrying one of the viruses. There is no vaccine to prevent Chikungunya, Dengue or Zika.
There is no specific treatment for either of the viruses. However, supportive therapy is helpful with managing symptoms.
Travelers with symptoms are advised to see a healthcare provider if they have visited an area where the viruses are present, and tell the healthcare provider when and where they traveled. In addition, pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant, should discuss travel plans with their healthcare providers and consider postponing travel to affected areas.
DCHHS recommends the 4Ds to reduce exposure to mosquitoes at all times:
- DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions.
- Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
- Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.
- Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Faculty and staff with questions should contact their health care provider or visit theDallas County Health and Human Services website. Students who have any questions or concerns may contact theStudent Health Center(email@example.com.).
TheStudent Health Centeris 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.
NEW!! The UT Dallas Student Health Center now has an After Hours Nurse Triage Line. If you're not feeling well and the Student Health Center is closed, call 972-883-2747 and follow the prompts to speak with a Registered Nurse about your symptoms at no additional costs.
The Student Health Center provides both primary and preventative health care to currently enrolled students who have paid the medical services fee along with their tuition. The payment of the medical fee allows students to schedule appointments with medical providers at no additional cost to them.
The caring staff of licensed medical providers is committed to keeping students healthy and providing for their medical needs. The clinic is open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Students needing immediate medical attention after hours or on weekends should go to a local physician, urgent care facility, minute clinic, or a hospital emergency room if they have a true emergency.
Note: Students under the age of 18 must have a signed and notarized Consent for Treatment form on file with the Student Health Center in order to receive medical treatment.