April 18, 2016
The NYU Student Health Center continues to follow the development of the spread of the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health alert and a level 2 travel advisory encouraging travelers to take enhanced precautions when traveling to affected areas.
Zika virus during pregnancy is a cause of a serious birth defect called microcephaly, which affects the developing brain. In light of this, CDC recommends special precautions for the following groups:
*Possible exposure is defined at travel to or residence in an area of active Zika virus transmission, or sex (vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, or fellatio) without a condom with a man who has traveled to or resided in an area of active transmission.
Zika virus is almost always spread by mosquito bites. The species of mosquitoes that carry the virus are not typically present in the New York area but are common in tropical and sub-tropical regions.
The virus also can be spread from a man to his sex partners. Transmission of Zika virus from infected women to their sex partners has not been reported. Sexual transmission of many infections is reduced by consistent and correct use of latex condoms. Condoms are available for students free of charge in the Student Health Center as well as in certain areas of Kimmel and the residence halls. For non-students, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) distributes condoms free of charge throughout New York City at numerous locations or by calling 311.
Most people who contract the virus are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms which may include rash, fever, conjunctivitis and joint pain. Currently, there is no vaccine against the Zika virus. Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms.
Anyone traveling to Zika affected areas is advised to follow strict mosquito precautions:
The Student Health Center will update Zika virus information and links on a regular basis. If you are planning to travel, please check the CDC’s map of affected areas. If you have questions, please call your healthcare provider. NYU students can call the Student Health Center at 212-443-1000.
November 19, 2015
In light of recent events around the world, the NYU Student Health Center would like you to take a quick inventory of your mental health. Please read this reminder from Counseling and Wellness Services.