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Zika Virus at a Glance


The Texas A&M University System is leading a special task force, looking at the Zika virus from the perspective of education and/or actions we need to take on behalf of faculty, staff and students. As part of this committee, the Texas A&M Health Science Center created an online Zika informational hub, Zika360, as a resource to share pertinent information with faculty, staff and students.

Zika360 experts, ranging from epidemiologists to entomologists, sift through the clutter and provide you with answers to the most asked Zika questions. We have a pulse on the latest, breaking Zika news around the globe and synthesize it in an easy-to-digest format.

Tarleton students, faculty and staff who currently are abroad or who are planning travel during the upcoming spring break are advised to take precautions to limit exposure to the Zika virus which has recently been reported in the news. In May 2015, the PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) issued an alert regarding the first case of Zika virus in Brazil last April and has led to its spread to other areas of the world with tropical environments, including Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and other countries in South America.

In response to the alert the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) issued travel notices for people traveling to regions and certain countries where the Zika transmission is ongoing.

The CDC does recommend special precautions for pregnant women because it has been linked to birth defects:

Pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women who do travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctor or other healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.

Women trying to become pregnant or who are thinking about becoming pregnant should consult with their healthcare provider before traveling to these areas and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.

Learn how to prevent contracting the Zika virus.

For more information on the Zika Virus, visit the CDC website.

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