Zika Preparedness and Guidelines

Filed under Administrative, Information Tech on August 22, 2016.

As the University of Florida continues to monitor the spread of the Zika virus, working closely with local and state Department of Health officials, UF encourages you to review the University Preparedness and Guidelines on the Zika Virus.

The guide includes:

  • How to protect yourself from Zika, which is especially important if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • What UF is doing to mitigate mosquitoes on campus
  • Where to seek additional information

As a community, we need to be vigilant in our efforts to prevent the spread of this virus, especially now that the Florida Department of Health has identified an area of Miami where there are non-travel-related cases.

The best way to prevent Zika is to protect yourself from mosquito bites by:

  • Use EPA-registered insect repellant when outdoors.
  • Treat protective clothing – boots, pants, socks – with permethrin.
  • Repair holes in screens
  • Empty containers with water such as tires, buckets, planters and toys.

Zika can also be passed from one person to another through sexual contact, according to the CDC. Condoms can reduce the chance of getting Zika from sex.

Learn more or view the complete guide at http://zika.ufl.edu/