July 19, 2016
Most Zika Virus infections are mild or asymptomatic, but birth defects in pregnant women have occurred after Zika Virus infection. There have been some cases of Zika Virus infection identified in the US, mostly in travelers returning from areas where there is a current Zika Virus outbreak. These areas are identified and updated at the links below by the CDC and WHO. Travelers to these areas are encouraged to take preventive measures during and after their trip that are outlined by the CDC https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information. Women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant are encouraged to postpone travel to the outbreak areas at this time, and to check with their obstetricians about their travel plans.
CSUN students, faculty, and staff who are considering a trip to an area with a Zika Virus outbreak are encouraged to consult with the SHC Travel Medicine Clinic for information about travel safety and prevention of infectious disease during a trip. Helpful recommendations include preventing mosquito bites by using an EPA-approved mosquito repellent, and wearing long sleeved clothing
More information about Zika Virus is available online through the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) https://www.cdc.gov/zika/, WHO (World Health Organization), http://www.who.int/csr/disease/zika/en/ and the LACDPH (Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/VectorZika.htm