Health Alerts

Zika Virus Disease

(Updated June 2016)

Zika is a virus that is spread to people through bites of infected Aedes mosquitoes. Currently, no infected mosquitoes have been found in New York City.
The odds of contracting the Zika virus are extremely low, unless you have traveled to affected areas in Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean and other places listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Zika is NOT spread by casual contact and is very rarely transmitted between people through sexual contact and blood.

The most affected populations are pregnant women and women of childbearing age. Most people do not show any signs of the illness and recover on their own. Some of the symptoms include: fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (pinkeye). The symptoms will appear from 2 to 12 days after being bitten and can last up to one week.

Hostos is following the CDC's guidance by:
  • Removing potential sources of standing water around campus as to eliminate breeding areas;
  • Requesting that people with plants either ensure they are in soil or take them home;
  • Distributing insect repellent to staff who must work outdoors, such as Public Safety Officers and Facilities personnel.
Literature about Zika can be found in the Health Services Office (A-334C).

More information on the Zika virus can also be obtained from the links below:


Contact the following staff if you have ANY questions or concerns regarding Zika:
Fabián Wander, Director of the Health and Wellness Center
Room: D-101D
Phone: (718) 518-6567
Diahann McFarlane, Director, Environmental Health & Safety
Room: G-103
Phone: (718) 518-4349