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Zika Virus Travel Alert

Februrary 5, 2016

A travel alert for Zika virus was issued by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on January 15, 2016. CDC has created two dedicated Zika websites: a main site for detailed additional up-to-date information; and a site for travel health notices.

All travelers should regularly review CDC’s Zika Virus site and the Department of State travel warning website especially when making prior travel arrangements.

According to the main CDC Zika site, “The Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.” Zika is linked to specific birth defect called microcephaly. Pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant should avoid visiting places where the virus is currently circulating.

An important reminder: All those traveling abroad on TC business must register with the Office of Risk Management for the travel procedures.

If you have any concerns about a risk of exposure to Zika and/or any travel warning countries, please contact Office of Risk Management. More information can also be obtained at the Columbia University Zika site.