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Student Health Center

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Saint Joseph's University - Student Health Center - Sourin Hall 
5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131
610-660-1175      610-660-3378 fax     email - health@sju.edu

Zika Virus Update

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus transmitted to people primarily through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Less common modes of Zika transmission include maternal-fetal transmission and possible sexual transmission.

Where is the Zika virus found?

Currently, outbreaks are occurring in many countries including South/Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico.

Treatment:

There is no vaccine to prevent or specific medicine to treat Zika infections.  See your healthcare provider if you develop the symptoms described above and have visited an area where Zika is found.  Your healthcare provider may order specialized blood tests to look for Zika or other similar viruses.  Symptom treatment includes:

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Take medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) to relieve fever and pain.
  • Do not take aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Motrin, Advil).
  • If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication.

Prevention:

When traveling to countries where the Zika virus or other viruses which are spread by mosquitoes are found, take the following steps:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Stay in places with air conditioning or screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents. Follow product label instructions.
  • Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items.

For more information about repellents visit www2.epa.gov/insect-repellents .

Special Considerations:

Given the potential for congenital complications from the Zika infection, pregnant women are strongly encouraged to cancel or postpone travel to areas with local transmission of Zika virus.  Until more is known about the sexual transmission of Zika virus, people who travel to Zika-endemic countries are encouraged to abstain from sexual contact.

For more information regarding Zika virus visit www.cdc.gov/zika

 Welcome to Saint Joseph's University!

Class of 2019 - Things to complete for Spring/Transfer 2016

1)  Health Evaluation Form   by January 14, 2016

2)  Waive or enroll insurance by January 29, 2016 - www.firststudent.com  All Undergraduate Day Students and International Students are required to provide proof of health insurance.

Student Health 101 - Monthly newsletter    

Orientation Issue - http://readsh101.com/go2sju.html 

Monthly issue - http://readsh101.com/sju.html

Self Care Guide     

http://readsh101.com/self_care_guide.html

MISSION

The Student Health Center subscribes to a definition of health that includes the attainment, maintenance and lifelong commitment to an optimum level of wellness. This philosophy is rooted in the Jesuit educational tradition in which there is integration of learning with the development of the person.

The Student Health Center strives to assist students in the pursuit of their academic goals and personal development by identifying and addressing health situations which impede student learning. This mission is served by the provision of high quality health care as well as health promotion that facilitates the development of the whole person.

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