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The Dickey Health and Wellness Center staff is carefully monitoring the Zika virus and is in close contact with the Hillsborough County Mosquito Control and the Florida Health Department. We have not had any cases of Zika reported on campus, however, earlier this week the first non-travel related case of the Zika virus in Pinellas County was confirmed.

As a precaution, the Health and Wellness staff urges you to follow the 4D’s to avoid mosquito borne illnesses, including the Zika virus:

  • DRESS in long sleeves/pants, loose and light-colored clothing when outdoors.
  • DETER mosquitoes from coming near you by using an insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus during DAWN, DUSK and DAYTIME! Zika mosquitoes are DAYTIME biters. 
  • DRAIN standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Also make sure that flowerpots, water dishes, bird baths, and wading pools are properly drained so they are not breeding grounds for mosquitoes. To report standing water that you see on the UT campus, please contact Facilities Management at (813) 253-6227.
  • DEFEND yourself from sexual transmission of Zika. To reduce this risk, use a condom or abstain from sexual intercourse if you or your partner is at risk. 

If you feel like you have symptoms of Zika, including fever, joint pain, muscle pain, red rash, headache and/or red eyes please contact your physician or contact the Dickey Health and Wellness Center staff at (813) 253-6250. Hours are Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information about Zika, see Zika: The Basics (PDF) or CDC: About Zika. Or, contact the UT Dickey Health and Wellness Center at (813) 253-6250 or healthcenter@ut.edu.