• Zika Virus

    Zika virus causes a disease that is spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness usually causes mild symptoms lasting several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Some people do not have any symptoms at all. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

    Zika infection during pregnancy has been associated with severe birth defects (microcephaly). Additionally, there is an apparent connection between Zika virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disorder affecting nerves that can lead to paralysis. Currently there is no vaccine or other preventative or curative medication for Zika virus.

    Zika Virus and Travel

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a travel alert for travel to most of Central and South America and the Caribbean. Recently the Florida Department of Health has identified a number of cases of Zika infection that originated in a small section of Miami. At this time, the CDC recommends that pregnant women not travel to this area. For additional information on the Zika outbreak in Miami, visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

    If you will be traveling to regions affected by Zika, visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date travel information.

    Please Note: If you have recently traveled to an area in which Zika virus is prevalent and you develop the above symptoms, please contact Student Health Services at 212.229.1671, option 2.

    Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus

    In addition, Zika virus has been transmitted to sexual partners of men infected with Zika. Therefore, men who have traveled to Zika-affected areas are advised to use condoms. Visit the CDC website for specific guidance regarding sexual transmission of Zika.

    Further Information and Resources

    Student Health Services will continue to follow this evolving situation and the guidance from the CDC and the New York City Department of Health. Updates to this site will be posted as new information becomes available.

    More information about the Zika virus can be found on these websites: