Zika virus information for the Princeton community

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

The CDC has issued travel advisories related to travel to many countries in the Caribbean, Pacific, Mexico, Central America, and South America. Travel advisories have also recently been issued for certain areas in the United States where locally acquired cases of Zika virus have been identified. As new information emerges and affected regions change regularly, please  visit the CDC's website for an up to date list of affected areas.

The information below is intended for members of the Princeton community.

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus that causes illness (fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes) in about one in five people who are infected with it. Zika virus infection before or during pregnancy has been associated with severe birth defects (microcephaly) and poor pregnancy outcomes. Additionally, researchers have established an association between Zika virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disorder affecting nerves that can sometimes lead to paralysis. 

To date, there have been no cases of locally transmitted Zika virus.   

For more information, see the CDC page on Zika virus.  

We are following this outbreak closely as new information emerges. If you have any questions or concerns related to Zika virus or any symptoms please contact UHS at 609-258-3141.