SUNY Canton Health Services continues to monitor the Zika virus and the affected areas including Miami, Florida, Puerto Rico, large parts of Central and South America, some Caribbean Islands, Samoa, and Cape Verde. We monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NYS State and County Health Departments. The staff at the Health Center has been trained on the signs and symptoms of the Zika virus, how to assess for risk of infection, and has a process in place to refer students for testing as medically necessary.
A map of locations where Zika is currently being transmitted can be found at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-information.
The following information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Zika virus is most commonly spread to people through mosquito bites. It can also be spread through sexual contact. 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. Because it can cause birth defects, special precautions should be followed by pregnant women or women who want to become pregnant.
The CDC has issued a level two alert, which indicates the need to practice enhanced security precautions when traveling to a Zika-affected area. Travelers should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites to the extent possible. Travelers should also avoid contact with blood and sexual fluids of infected persons.
Information on this disease is quickly evolving. We recommend referring to the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
Below are links to the most current Zika information from the CDC:
- About Zika
- Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatment
- Prevention (see Consumer Reports Insect Repellent Ratings below)
- Areas with Zika
- Florida Update
- Zika and Pregnancy
- Consumer Reports Insect Repellent Ratings
- How to Choose the Right Insect Repellent (EPA)
- New York State Department of Health