Health Update: Zika Virus

Health Update: Zika Virus


The Student Health Center is monitoring daily notifications from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the PA Department of Health on Zika Virus Disease. According to the CDC, Zika Virus Disease is a mild illness that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms include fever, skin rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis.

For additional information on Zika Virus Disease and affected areas, travel advice, prevention, diagnosis and treatment, call 570-389-3800, or visit www.cdc.gov/zika, and www.health.state.pa.us.

Health Update: Ebola


The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) recommends that health care providers no longer screen patients for recent travel to specific countries in West Africa, namely Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control declared the end of Ebola virus transmission in Liberia (9/21/15), Sierra Leone (11/10/15) and Guinea (6/1/16).

However, the Student Health Center will continue to ask all students about their travel history because of emerging viruses like Zika, Yellow Fever, Dengue, Chikungunya and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

For more information regarding these viruses, go to www.cdc.gov and www.health.state.pa.us.