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Zika Virus

As you are most likely aware, there is extensive ongoing media coverage of the Zika virus.  As there are no current recommendations to postpone nonessential travel, with the exception of women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, Kirkwood is not presently scheduling any alterations to our proposed study abroad programs.

The Zika Virus is spread by mosquitoes and is, therefore, most prevalent in tropical environments.  Symptoms are generally mild and may include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes), lasting several days to a week.  Currently there is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika. However, severe illness requiring hospitalization is uncommon. The top concern is for pregnant women who get infected.
 
Kirkwood Study Abroad has a Health and Safety team closely monitoring the situation, and we will inform you if plans change regarding any study abroad program. This team includes the study abroad faculty leaders, Director of International Programs, Study Abroad Advisor, Campus Health and Dean of Students.  Kirkwood is interested in facilitating a safe and educational study abroad experience and welcome any of your questions or concerns as you begin this educational endeavor.  If you have concerns, call International Programs at 319-398-5579 to speak with the Director or Study Abroad Advisor.  We are more than happy to discuss your options and questions. At this time, we recommend you educate yourself on the risks and follow the guidelines found on the CDC web site related to the virus, mosquito repellant and travel recommendations. 

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Zika page:  http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

Revised: 01/10/17