Zika Virus Information

Global CItizen Year has no plans to change or cancel programming in any of our operating countries (Brazil, Ecuador, Senegal, India) due to the Zika virus epidemic.  However, Global Citizen Year continues to closely monitor information provided by medical experts, including the CDC and WHO, regarding the Zika Virus.  As with other situations that may affect Global Citizen Year’s programming, we will continue to consider updates regarding the virus. Should there be a heightened risk without current appropriate management measures in a Global Citizen Year location, we may consider altering our programming.  We will continue to make decisions based on risk assessments influenced by medical experts, our international medical and emergency care provider, and key practitioners in the field.   

For concerns regarding Zika, please refer to the CDC webpage with current updates regarding Zika:http://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/2016/dpk-zika-virus.html

The CDC states, “the most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.” Please also note that scientific concern is focused on women who become infected while pregnant.

Global Citizen Year’s most immediate plan has been to advise and train Fellows, staff and partners in-country in Brazil and Ecuador to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and to minimize exposure (as they do for other mosquito borne illnesses).

If a Fellow begins to show any symptoms of the virus, onsite staff will accompany them to the nearest medical facility. We continue to provide the highest level of care, commitment and attention to the health, safety and well-being of our Fellows.

We continue to review important information regarding the health and safety of our Fellows and inform Fellows, parents, staff and partners of any changes. Our headquarters and in-country staff are available 24/7 and trained in emergency response situations.  

For further questions or concerns, please contact info@globalcitizenyear.org.

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