The Rhode Island Department of Health has asked colleges and universities to share information about the mosquito-borne Zika virus because some areas where it is active are popular spring break locations such as Aruba, Jamaica, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other countries. See a full list.
People most at risk for developing complications from Zika virus are women who are pregnant or who plan on becoming pregnant. Symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, headache, muscle pain and conjunctivitis (pink eye), but 80 percent of those infected will not have symptoms and will not know they are infected. Only one in five infected becomes ill.
Here are some tips from the Department of Health:
More information on Zika virus is available on the Centers for Disease Control website.