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Zika Virus

The CDC has issued a travel alert for people traveling to tropical countries in Central and South America where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Many UVA students have travel plans to Zika affected countries over spring and summer break. Refer to the CDC website for the most recent information on Zika.

Zika virus is transmitted through mosquito bites. The mosquitoes which transmit Zika bite during the daytime and can also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses. Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites.

About 1 in 5 people infected with the virus develop symptoms of Zika, such as fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes), lasting several days to a week. There is no vaccine or medicine to treat Zika, but severe disease is uncommon. Any student who has traveled abroad and has developed fever and rash should consult with their health care provider.

Out of an abundance of caution, CDC recommends that pregnant women in any trimester consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women or women trying to become pregnant who must travel to one of these areas should consult with their healthcare provider prior to travel and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip. Zika virus can be transmitted sexually, so barrier methods of birth control are highly recommended for people who have traveled to Zika infected areas.