Health Education

CDC Travel Health Notices for Zika Virus

Affecting the Caribbean and Central & South America

CDC Media Statement (Jan. 26, 2016):


"CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus‎ transmission. Today, CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel alerts: United States Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic.  Previously, CDC issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory; Barbados; Bolivia; Brazil; Cape Verde; Colombia; Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Martinique; Mexico; Panama; Paraguay; Saint Martin; Samoa; Suriname; and Venezuela.  Specific areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing are often difficult to determine and are likely to continue to change over time.


As more information becomes available, CDC travel alerts will be updated. Travelers to areas where cases of Zika virus infection have been recently confirmed are at risk of being infected with the Zika virus. Mosquitoes that spread Zika are aggressive daytime biters, prefer to bite people, and live indoors and outdoors near people. There is no vaccine or medicine available for Zika virus. The best way to avoid Zika virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites.


Some travelers to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission will become infected while traveling but will not become sick until they return home. Some people who are infected do not have any symptoms. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. Other commonly reported symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon and case fatality is low. Travelers to these areas should monitor for symptoms or illness upon return. If they become ill, they should tell their healthcare professional where they have traveled and when."


UMBC Resources:

University Health Services

Study Abroad Office

International Education Services

Free Webinars for Faculty & Staff from INOVA

Topics on Employee Well-Being

INOVA Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has several upcoming webinars that focus on employee well-being.  Please click see the 2016 Inova Webinar Schedule for more information.  These are now "on demand" webinars and can be accessed on the website, no registration is required. 
  • A Healthier You:  Look beyond the Scale (now available)
  • Keeping Your Love Alive:  Creating Ways to Connect (available on 2.16.16)
  • Let's Sleep On it:  Getting your zzz's (available on 3.15.16)
  • Home Buying 101:  To buy or not to buy? (available on 4.19.16)
UMBC and INOVA EAP recognize that personal and family concerns can make life very difficult, and sometimes affect your ability to concentrate on the job.  At such times, having someone who listens and is objective and concerned may be just the help you need to avoid a crisis.  INOVA EAP provides that support.  One-on-One consultations are free to Faculty & Staff.  For more information, visit the HR webpage:

Birth Control Education Seminars Available at UHS!


Thinking about getting on birth control? Want to change from the one you're on now? Confused on which one to pick from all of the options? Then schedule a FREE contraception education seminar at UHS via our Health Education Office! We'll go over everything you want to know about each birth control method and help you explore the best methods for your lifestyle.

We can even cover information about STI's and how to prepare for your first GYN exam if you are getting one. 

To make an appointment, email or call 410-455-1558. This can be an individual appointment, or you can even bring your partner/friends/roommates with you and make it a group education session. The session only lasts 30-60 minutes. 


Condom Art Contest: Enter Now!

Will be displayed and voted on Dec. 1st World AIDS Day

Put your creativity to the test and enter your team into our Condom Art Contest in recognition of World AIDS Day on Tuesday, December 1st. 

Teams can be up to 5 people. Only 10 teams total will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Each team will receive a bag of 300 condoms to use in their art project. You must pick up your bag by Monday, Nov. 30th by 5pm!!!

To enter the contest, please contact Mickey Irizarry at with your team member information. You must enter your team no later than Monday, November 30th.

Teams will be expected to bring their final projects to our World AIDS Day event on Tuesday, Dec. 1st from 4:30-7pm in The Commons Sports Zone. Drop off by 4pm. Students will have the opportunity to view all 10 projects and vote on their favorite one. Each member of the winning team will receive a prize.

Here are some ideas to get you started.

1) Teams can only use the condoms given - cannot add or purchase more.
2) Teams may use additional materials like glue, tape or other adhesive, and can use cardboard or paper as well. 
3) Teams cannot use paint or glitter.
4) No more than 25% of the visible portion of the project can be non-condom material. 

For questions regarding the contest rules, contact Joe Levin-Manning at

Contest/World AIDS Day event being sponsored by University Health Services and Office of Student Life. 

CDC: U.S. Multi-state Measles Outbreak

What To Know & UMBC Resources

The Centers for Disease Control has issued an official health advisory regarding the multi-state measles outbreak which began in southern California in December 2014. To read the full report, please click here

UMBC requires ALL students to provide proof of proper measles immunization. In addition, University Health Services does offer the measles vaccine. If you are unsure of your vaccination status or you would like more general information, please contact our front desk at 410-455-2542. 

University Health Services is open Monday - Friday, 8:30-am-5pm, and is located on the ground floor of Erickson Hall. Our services are available to all UMBC students, faculty and staff.