University Health & Wellness
Public Health Urges Mosquito Protection When Traveling to Affected Areas
(Update: February 3, 2016) - Kentuckians traveling to areas of the world affected by the Zika virus disease, an infectious illness circulating in various countries, should take steps to protect themselves and their families from this and other vector-borne diseases, the Kentucky Department for Public Health advises.
Like many viruses, Zika can be acquired from the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus is currently circulating in parts of Mexico, Cape Verde, and 26 other countries in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Oceania. Zika virus disease is considered by the World Health Organization to be a serious international public health threat. Although many people who contract Zika virus infection have mild or no symptoms, pregnant women are thought to be at particular high risk for complications after Zika virus exposure, because the virus has been linked with the birth of babies who have defects in their brains.
Until more is known, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend that pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant take the following precautions:
- Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctor or other healthcare professional first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.
- Women trying to become pregnant should consult with their healthcare professional before traveling to these areas and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.
The virus is not known to be circulating in the mosquito population in in Kentucky. Zika virus disease has been increasing in recognition in Brazil, Mexico and most recently in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. For these reasons, DPH advises that Kentucky travelers follow the advice of the CDC, which continues to advise travelers to Mexico, Cape Verde, and the 26 other at-risk countries in the Caribbean, Central America, South America or Oceania, to protect themselves and their family members from mosquito bites.
Travelers are specifically advised to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and to use approved insect repellents. CDC has additional information online on how travelers can protect themselves and their family members from mosquito bites http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html.
International travelers to at-risk countries who develop fever, rash, and other acute symptoms within two weeks of return to Kentucky should consult with their medical provider.
For a full list of affected countries/regions: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html. Localized areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing can be difficult to determine and are likely to continue to change over time.
Additional facts and information specifically related to Zika virus and Zika virus disease can be found online, http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html.
Kentuckians planning international travel are particularly recommended to consult the CDC’s Travelers’ Health Website, http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/, for country-specific health information for travelers. A Weblink about Zika Travel Information, http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information, is found on that site.
The mission of Health Services is to maintain, improve, and promote optimal wellness of the Murray State University community so that its members may achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals.
Our office is fully committed to protecting the privacy of our patients' information. Medical records are strictly confidential. No medical information is released without the client's written consent, except as required by law.
Health Services is a free clinic available to Murray State University students, faculty, and staff. Anyone using the service MUST present a current MSU I.D. card.
- Physical assessment for illness or injury
- Treatment for illness and minor injury
- Laboratory Services - on-campus CLIA-certified laboratory for moderately complex procedures including complete blood counts, urinalysis, rapid strep tests, pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted infection testing, and additional fee-based testing through LabCorp
- HIV testing/counseling
- Evaluation of health risks
- Tobacco cessation/counseling
- Health promotion
- Health education
Health Services is located in the North wing of Wells Hall on the ground floor. The main entrance faces the quadrangle and is the door closest to Faculty Hall.
- Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EXCEPT Wednesdays.
- Wednesday 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- There may be times at lunch and in the afternoon we will close due to high patient volume. Anytime we are closed during our normal operating hours (unless there is an official University closing) we are available for appointments and emergencies by calling 270-809-3809.
- Should a student, faculty, or staff member have an urgent health care question during times the clinic is closed, he/she may call Public Safety at (270)809-2222. The operator will contact an on-call nurse to get in touch with the individual.
- Kim Paschall MS, BSN, RN-BC - Director
- Lynn Fromm MSN, APRN, FNP-BC - Associate Director
- Jennifer Hudgin MSN, APRN, FNP-BC - Nurse Practitioner
- Emily Hill BSN, RN - Staff Nurse
- Jennifer Waldrop BSN, RN - Staff Nurse
- Donna Kitchen - Administrative Specialist
- Andrea Leonard MS, BS, MT, CLS - Laboratory Supervisor