Zika Virus Message

Last Updated:  01/23/2018


To the Tulane Community:


In recent days, you may have heard news about the spread of the Zika virus. The World Health Organization  (WHO) declared the Zika virus a global health emergency.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Travel Health Notice for travelers to specific countries (referred to as Zika-Affected Country).  The CDC Notice is an alert level 2 that advises travelers to a Zika-Affected Country practice enhanced precautions. The CDC website contains an up-to-date list of Zika-Affected Countries


According to the CDC and WHO, Zika is a virus spread by Aedes mosquitoes, the same mosquitos that spread dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. It usually causes mild illness, with slight fever and skin rash, normally lasting two to seven days. Health authorities are currently investigating a potential link between Zika virus in pregnant women and microcephaly in their babies. There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available, and the best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.  Visit CDC's website for mosquito prevention recommendations and also preventing mosquitos at home.


The CDC recommends special precautions to be exercised by pregnant women (in any trimester) and women trying to become pregnant.


We encourage Tulane students, faculty and staff to become better informed about the Zika virus and evaluate their travel to a Zika-Affected Country.  We also encourage travelers to frequently visit the CDC website and WHO website for up-to-date information and recommendations.  Individuals with specific health questions should contact their health care providers.


Travelers also are reminded that prior to traveling abroad they must register their travel itinerary with Global Rescue at


Tulane will continue to closely monitor the status of the Zika virus and provide information updates as needed. 


New Orleans City Zika Information page:

Office of Insurance & Risk Management, Ste 126, 200 Broadway St, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5653