Florida Atlantic University has been working in coordination with local, state and federal entities to ensure the safety of the University community and is taking any necessary steps to address this important concern as it impacts our service areas. In response to the Florida Department of Health's (FDOH) recent finding of a non-travel case of the virus in one of FAU’s service areas, the University is stepping up its efforts to educate and protect the community:
The University community is urged to adhere to the following recommendations:
Symptoms and Transmission: Only about 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus exhibit symptoms. Zika fever is a mild illness. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. Signs and symptoms of Zika fever may include: acute onset of low-grade fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (reddening of eye), body aches, headache, eye pain, and vomiting. Treatment is based on symptoms since there is no specific treatment against the virus. Illness typically resolves within a week. The real danger applies to pregnant women who acquire the virus. Zika has been linked to microcephaly (a serious birth defect in which babies are born with an unusually small head and underdeveloped brain) and problems in infants, including eye defects, hearing loss, and impaired growth. Sexual transmission of the virus from men to women has been reported and represents another potential threat to women of childbearing age. Currently there is no vaccine or medicine to treat the illness.
Information Resources and Tools
Further information can be obtain from the following links. In addition, there is a Zika Virus Information Hotline 1-855-622-6735 for Florida residents to speak to a Healthcare Professional. Please contact Environmental Health and Safety at 297-3129 or Student Health Services 297-3512 if you have any questions or concerns.
Florida Department of Health - Zika Homepage: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/zika-virus
Centers for Disease Control - Zika Homepage: http://www.cdc.gov/zika
Zika Prevention Kit for Pregnant Women: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/pdfs/zika-prevention-kit-english.pdf
Mosquito Protection Flyer: http://www.fau.edu/facilities/ehs/info/Mosquito-Protection.pdf
CDC Zika Basics Posters: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/fs-posters
We will continue to keep you updated on this matter.