Zika Virus Update
TEAN will continue to run programs as scheduled in Zika-affected locations. The following information is from public health leaders working in real time on Zika. So, it is as reliable as possible to date.
- The CDC and WHO projects that, by end of the northern hemisphere summer of 2016, the entire Western Hemisphere will be Zika-affected, except for Chile and Canada (where the mosquito that carries Zika does not exist.)
- Zika is NOT a chronic, long-lasting virus. Instead, infection with Zika runs its course in a few weeks and does NOT linger in the body for longer stretches (like West Nile or Lyme.) So, students need not worry about long-term affects towards their child-bearing.
- That said, the CDC is most definitely advising all currently pregnant women and those trying to conceive to avoid Zika areas.
- Only 1 in 5 people who are exposed to Zika develop symptoms.
- The best and by far most important thing to do when traveling in Zika areas is to practice careful mosquito-bite prevention. DEET is the field standard for this, but there are also several non-chemical repellants that are effective as well.
- Note: The mosquitoes that carry Zika bite DURING THE DAY! So, 24/7 bite protection is recommended.
More information can be found from the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/zika