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On January 15, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel alert to highlight countries where Zika virus is prevalent. The Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites and is therefore most prevalent in tropical environments. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are mild and 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. Four in five people with Zika infection may have no symptoms. Illness from Zika is usually mild and does not require hospitalization.
Travelers can limit their exposure to Zika (and other mosquito-borne illnesses like Malaria, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya) by taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
Unfortunately, Zika is linked to a specific birth defect called microcephaly. This link is so strong that the CDC issued travel guidance for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant, warning them to avoid visiting places where the virus is currently circulating. Such travelers should regularly review the travel alert for updates as more countries are likely to be added to the list.
Because specific areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing are difficult to determine and likely to change over time, the CDC will update their travel notice as information becomes available. Check the CDC travel website frequently for the most up-to-date recommendations.
Are you coming to Virginia Tech in the fall? All incoming students must turn in their completed Immunization History Form (PDF | 307KB) . This is a Virginia state law requirement and if you procrastinate on turning it in, you could experience a medical hold on registering for spring semester classes.
The health center provides patients with a broad spectrum of care that is both preventative and curative. Services include care for acute illnesses and injuries, as well as more chronic conditions.
Schiffert Health Center operates on an appointment-based system. In order to maximize the use of your time and ours, call 540-231-6444 to make an appointment, or make an appointment online through the Online Student Health Portal. If you have an urgent need and no appointment, we have a triage system where you can talk with a care provider who will advise you, refer you for same-day care, or suggest a scheduled appointment.
There are many concerns that you may have during your time at Virginia Tech, including the want or need to learn about various health concerns, such as sexually transmitted diseases, ways to stop smoking, or even how to eat right. Virginia Tech’s Health Education at Schiffert Health Center is committed to providing you with the resources necessary to gain as much knowledge about any health concern you may have.
The student health fee, included in each year’s tuition, covers the majority of services provided by Schiffert Health Center—unlimited visits and most laboratory procedures. However, some services require a minimal health center charge.
Schiffert Health Center is located in McComas Hall at the intersection of Washington Street and West Campus Drive.
McComas Hall (0140)
895 Washington Street, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
To make an appointment use the Online Student Health Portal or call
In the event of a medical emergency, follow these steps