Last updated February 3, 2017
Special Information Regarding the Executive Order on Immigration
Through a spokesperson on Twitter, former president Barack Obama issued a statement regarding the Trump administration's "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" executive order. Rutgers has also released the following information and responses to this order:
In Solidarity with Our Students on Immigration
Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi
Letter to the Community Regarding the Executive Order on Immigration
Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi
A Message of Solidarity for the RU-N Community
Rutgers University–Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor
A Message for International Students and Scholars Regarding Executive Order on Immigration
Rutgers Vice President for International and Global Affairs Eric Garfunkel
Notice to International Students and Scholars
Dean of Students International Student Support
International Student Support
Rutgers Student Affairs
Notice to International Students and Scholars ADDED FEBRUARY 3, 2017
Urmi Otiv, Director, Center for Global Services
February 2, 2016
ZIKA - INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL ALERT TO THE CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an Alert Level 2: Practice Enhanced Precautions for all international travel to Central and South America in response to the developing understanding and apparent rapid transmission of the Zika virus. This alert level is issued when travelers need to be aware of potential health or safety risks that exist in a destination country or countries, but this does not mean that travel to affected countries is banned or restricted. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the current outbreak an International Public Health Emergency because of possible links between the virus and certain birth defects, and issued cautions to residents and travelers.We strongly suggest that all people considering visiting the Caribbean, Central or South America visit the CDC website that describes Zika and precautions. Other helpful websites are listed at the bottom of this page.
The CDC, the WHO, and other organizations are actively monitoring the spread of the infection, which is transmitted through a bite from the Aedes aegypti mosquito. According to the U.S. Department of State, the Zika outbreak has been substantiated in 40 countries as of early May, from Mexico to Brazil. The Zika virus is not new; it has been found in many of these countries previously, and there are other similar infectious diseases that travelers need to consider when traveling to these locations such as Yellow Fever, Dengue, and Chikungunya. As always, all travelers are highly encouraged to follow the CDC inoculation and health recommendations when traveling internationally. Please note that while there is currently no Zika vaccine available, Rutgers faculty, staff, and students can receive available vaccinations as outlined by the CDC recommendations from Rutgers employee and health service clinics.
Most people (80%) infected with the Zika virus never exhibit symptoms. Others will exhibit mild flu-like symptoms, as well as fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. Persons with any of these symptoms, similar to those caused by other mosquito borne viruses, should contact a health professional for evaluation. According to the CDC, the Zika virus may be associated with Guillain-Barré Syndrome and is a cause of various birth defects, including congenital microcephaly. The CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women or women considering pregnancy who have international travel plans to the Caribbean or Central and South America, and to women who have partners who may have been exposed to the Zika virus, as the virus is trasnferred sexually.
While there are no medications or vaccinations to treat or prevent Zika infection, the CDC recommends drinking fluids and using acetaminophen to help ease pain if infected; aspirin and NSAIDs should not be taken because of the increased risk of hemorrhage. To prevent infection, travelers are urged to wear clothes that cover the skin (long pants and long sleeves), to sleep under a mosquito bed nets, to stay in places with air conditioning and door and window screens, and to use EPA-registered insect repellents. Women of reproductive age may wish to discuss risks associated with the virus and steps to avoid infection with their physicians prior to travel.
We remind all students, faculty and staff that all travel abroad by university personnel should be registered on the University Risk Management website. Additional information can be found in the GAIA Centers' international travel guidelines.
For general information the Zika virus, precautions, and prevention, visit: