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Zika virus: Guidelines for Emory travelers

The following message was sent to the Emory community via email on Aug. 22.

Dear Emory Students, Faculty and Staff:
Reports regarding the Zika virus and its spread, to include areas in the state of Florida, have received increasing media attention.  
Emory University wants to ensure that community members are aware of the resources available to help keep University travelers safe and up to date about evolving health threats.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains up-to-date information to keep you apprised of Zika activity at home and abroad, as well as international travelers’ health issues. Also, Emory contracts with International SOS (ISOS) to provide study abroad and international travelers on Emory business a variety of online health, safety and security resources. ISOS can assist in the trip planning process by providing detailed in-country information such as travel warnings, cultural information and medical alerts. ISOS also provides travelers with a safe way to store all necessary documentation while traveling overseas.
Emory students, staff and faculty on personal travel also can take steps to be alerted to evolving global health and security threats by checking the CDC’s Travelers’ Health website and subscribing to receive travel alerts from ISOS and security alerts from the U.S. State Department.
For an individual, area-specific health and risk assessment, Emory travelers should also consider a travel clinic visit, scheduled with enough lead time to allow for needed vaccinations and prescriptions.  Options include the Emory Student Health Travel Clinic (students), Emory TravelWell, public health departments, and other local travel health providers.
If upon returning home, you develop any signs and symptoms of illness, you should seek medical care, and be sure to inform your healthcare provider about your recent travel.
Stay informed and travel well!
Scott Henderson MD, FAAFP, FACPM
Executive Director Occupational Health
Assistant Professor Family and Preventive Medicine
Emory University
Michael Huey, MD
Assistant Vice President and Executive Director
Emory University Student Health Services
Alexander Isakov, MD, MPH
Executive Director
Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR)
Emory University
Phyllis E. Kozarsky, MD, FACP, FRCPS
Professor of Medicine/Infectious Diseases
Emory University

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