Zika Virus

Hartwick’s Health Center is monitoring updates from national and state agencies regarding the Zika virus.

Per practice, health center staff obtain a travel history from students at time of their appointment.

Symptoms of infection with the Zika virus:

Symptoms are usually mild and last a few days to a week and are similar to other viral syndromes

  • Acute (sudden) onset of fever
  • Rash
  • Joint Pain
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)

Recommendations for Hartwick Students (Based on those from the CDC):

  • If planning travel to Central or South America or the Carribbean be aware of the risk of mosquito borne viral infections (Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue, etc.)
  • Follow precautions when travelling in these areas to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Consult with your healthcare provider if you are planning to become pregnant and have or are planning to travel to Zika affected areas. 

Information about the virus can be found at the following resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Information about the Zika Virus: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/ 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Guidance: 
http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/s0203-zika-travel-guidance.html

NYS Health Department Information about the Zika Virus:  http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/zika_virus/

NYS Governor Cumo Announces Advanced Testing for Zika Virus:  https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-free-advanced-testing-symptomatic-individuals-who-have-traveled

 

 

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