CUNY Protocol on Infectious Disease Notification
From time to time, CUNY students or employees may contract an infectious disease that can be spread through casual contact. In such circumstances, which could impact the health and safety of the CUNY community, students and employees should notify Student Health Services. For further information about the Protocol on Infectious Disease Notification, click here.
A health alert has been issued for the Zika Virus warning pregnant women to avoid traveling to parts of Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Zika is a virus spread to people through bites of infected mosquitoes. About 1 in 5 people who are infected become sick. For the people who become sick, the most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms begin two to 12 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms tend to be mild and last for a week. Most people fully recover and do not need to be hospitalized. However, several months following the outbreak of Zika in Brazil, a large increase in the number of babies born with a congenital birth defect called microcephaly was observed. Microcephaly describes a baby or child with a smaller than normal head. New Yorkers traveling to countries impacted by this disease are potentially at risk. Pregnant women should consider delaying travel to affected countries until more information is gathered. Pregnant women who have recently traveled to effected countries should consult with their doctor.
- Zika Virus list of countries to avoid
- Zika virus resources (fact sheets & posters)
- CDC Controlling Mosquitoes at Home
- CDC Control Mosquitoes that Spread Dengue, Chickungunya, and Zika <pdf>
- OSHA Fact Sheet (Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus) <pdf>
Flu Season 2015-2016
At CUNY, we continue to promote flu prevention by posting updated flu information on our web site, and coordinating our flu prevention efforts with the New York City Office of Emergency Management, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and other agencies to track developments and promote the health and well-being of the CUNY community.
The following websites offer information on symptoms of seasonal flu, methods for preventing its spread, and guidance on what to do in case of exposure:
Flu vaccine is available throughout the city in drugstores, most doctors' offices and Health Department immunization clinics. Call 311 or use the City's flu clinic locator to find a place that offers vaccinations. It is best to call ahead to make sure there is a supply and to find out if an appointment is necessary.
There are everyday steps you can take in your daily life to help protect you from getting the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to prevent spreading germs.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
Please see the following Frequently Ask Questions about Ebola from NYC Health Department: Ebola FAQs
For more information about the Ebola virus and traveling, please visit the CDC website.
Health Department Investigating Invasive Meningococcal Disease Cases Among Gay Men and Men Who Have Sex with Men
The Health Department is currently investigating a cluster of invasive meningococcal disease, commonly known as meningitis, among gay men and men who have sex with men. Invasive meningococcal disease is a severe bacterial infection that has a high fatality rate.
Common symptoms of meningitis are high fever, headache, stiff neck and rash that develop rapidly within 2 days. People that have been in prolonged close contact with infected people need to see their health care provider immediately to receive preventive antibiotics. Symptoms may occur 2 to 10 days after exposure, but usually within 5 days. People who experience symptoms should seek medical care immediately.