Syracuse Abroad Monitoring Zika Virus
While Syracuse Abroad has not altered any of its programs, we continue to monitor the situation concerning the Zika virus. The Center for Disease Control has issued a travel alert (Level 2—practice enhanced precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where the Zika virus transmission is ongoing. The CDC has strongly urged pregnant women to consider postponing travel to the tropical climates identified as those where the Zika virus is known to exist.
Useful information on preventative steps, symptoms, and areas where Zika outbreak are happening can be found here. More information on this can be found at the Syracuse Health Services website. If you have specific questions, please contact Syracuse Health Services at 315.443.9005. We continue to work with Health Services and University Risk Management, and will provide updates as needed.
Yellow Fever Outbreak in Brazil
Brazil has been experiencing an ongoing outbreak of yellow fever since December 2016, and in January 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an official warning of a potential outbreak of the disease. On February 1, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 2 travel alert for the country, which calls on individuals to, “Practice Enhanced Precautions.” According to the CDC, individuals 9 months of age and older who are living in, or traveling to, an area of endemic yellow fever should be vaccinated against the infection. In addition, those travelers who received the yellow fever vaccination 10 or more years ago, “and who will be in a higher-risk setting, including areas with ongoing outbreaks,” should receive a booster dose of the vaccine. The CDC recommends that individuals check with a yellow fever vaccine provider to determine if they should be vaccinated.