Local universities track emerging Zika risk for international study students

Local universities track emerging Zika risk for international study students

It’s a quandary for organizers of international study trips to places like Nicaragua, Panama, Brazil and Haiti.

Do you expose students to the Zika virus, which is rapidly spreading and linked to putting pregnant women’s babies at risk for brain deformities? Or do you deprive them of the learning experience at the epicenter of a public health lesson unfolding?

So far, advisers and organizers are educating students and advising them of travel alerts, rather than canceling trips.

 One problem: The science is emerging, sometimes on a daily basis.

Geoffroy de Laforcade, director of international studies at Norfolk State University, said groups of NSU students are headed to spring break and summer studies in areas where the Zika virus is circulating: Nicaragua, Panama and Guadeloupe, a French territory in the Caribbean.

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