University operational changes for international travel
There are currently no University operational changes regarding international travel.
University travelers are advised to contact the Global Risk Manager with any specific health and safety questions or concerns related to current or anticipated University travel.
CISI Travel Safety Updates / Emergency Support and Assistance
University travelers planning travel - or currently abroad - with questions about travel safety with respect to emerging international events are instructed to contact the CISI Team Assist 24/7 Hotline at +1 312 935 1703. CISI Team Assist accepts collect calls, and is available to provide travel information along with direct assistance with overseas medical, security or legal issues. CISI Team Assist can also be reached by email.
Terrorist Attack in the French town of Nice
Last Updated: 07/15/2016
The University of Utah was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic events which transpired July 14 in the French town of Nice. The entire campus community continues to direct our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the disheartening tragedy.
The University, in collaboration with our international partners and providers, has at this time confirmed the safety of students currently known to be studying in the communities directly affected by the incident. We are currently working to make contact with all University of Utah students currently abroad in other regions of France, in order to confirm they are not in need of any support or assistance in the wake of the recent events.
As always, University students are encouraged to be vigilant in regards to their personal safety while abroad, and to remain in close contact with in-country hosts and partners in order to be aware of developments in their community.
Updates regarding the recent security incident can be found online through the BBC, the U.S. Embassy in France, CNN, and the New York Times. University of Utah members abroad with questions or concerns regarding health and safety support should contact the University's international travel assistance provider: CISI Team Assist – at (312) 935-1703. CISI Team Assist is available 24/7 to all University students abroad to provide emergency or non-emergency travel, medical and security assistance.
In addition, a representative from the University of Utah Office for Global Engagement is currently in Paris through Tuesday (July 19) and remains available to University members to provide support. Our onsite staff member can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Last Updated: 05/10/2016
Since January 15, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a series of travel alerts to highlight countries where the Zika virus has been confirmed and is prevalent. These alerts are currently “Level 2” travel alerts - meaning travelers in these areas are encouraged to practice enhanced precautions.
Some helpful information for travelers about the Zika virus:
- The virus is spread by mosquitos and is therefore most prevalent in tropical environments.
- 80% of individuals infected with Zika virus do not experience any signs or symptoms of infection.
- Symptoms (in general) 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, and severe symptoms of the disease requiring hospitalization are uncommon.
- 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.
The CDC is now declaring that there is enough evidence to conclude that Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects and has been linked to problems in infants, including eye defects, hearing loss, and impaired growth. At this time, these links are sufficient 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 CDC Travel Alert Webpage for updates as more countries are being added to the list every week.
The World Health Organization (WHO) convened a meeting at the beginning of 2016 to gather advice on the severity of the health threat associated with the spread of the Zika virus. Complete information on their summary can be found on their webpage, however it is worth noting that the Committee (1) found no public health justification for restrictions on travel to prevent the spread of Zika virus, and (2) stated that the most important protective measures are the control of mosquito populations and the prevention of mosquito bites in at-risk individuals, especially pregnant women.
University of Utah travelers concerned about a risk of exposure to Zika related to upcoming travel are encouraged to consult the CDC Zika Webpage for Travelers, and to contact campus resources which specialize in travel medicine, such as the Student Health Center or the University of Utah Travel Clinic. Pregnant women, or women planning to become pregnant, are highly encouraged to consult with their OB/GYN before traveling to any areas where the Zika virus has been confirmed.
Questions? Contact the Global Risk Manager.