The University of Pittsburgh will continue to run programs as schedule in Zika-affected locations. The following information is from public health leaders working in real time on Zika. So, it is as reliable as possible to date.
- The CDC and WHO project that, by end of the northern hemisphere summer of 2016, the entire Western Hemisphere will be Zika-affected, except for Chile and Canada (where the mosquito that carries Zika does not exist.)
- The CDC is most definitely advising all currently pregnant women and those trying to conceive to avoid Zika areas.
- Only 1 in 5 people who are exposed to Zika develop symptoms.
- The best and by far most important thing to do when traveling in Zika areas is to practice careful mosquito-bite prevention. DEET is the field standard for this, but there are also several non-chemical repellants that are effective as well.
- Note: The mosquitoes that carry Zika bite DURING THE DAY! So, 24/7 bite protection is recommended.
The World Health Organization has released a comprehensive report on Zika that can be found here.
More information can be found from the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/zika and from the University's Emergency Preparedness page at http://www.emergency.pitt.edu/potential-hazards/disease