The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel alert to highlight countries where Zika virus is prevalent. The Zika virus is spread by mosquitos and is therefore most prevalent in tropical environments. Generally, symptoms are mild and include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes), lasting several days to a week. Currently there is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika, but severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
Travelers can limit their exposure to Zika (and other mosquito-borne illnesses like Malaria, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya) by taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites. More information
Winter Weather Awareness
International Travel & Study Abroad
Recently, the US Dept of State issued a global travel alert through February 24, 2016. Washington University in St. Louis has a travel registry, policy and resources to aid our students, faculty and staff as they plan their university travel or study abroad travel. More information
Influenza (flu) is a potentially serious illness that affects many Washington University students, faculty and staff every year. More information
Monthly outdoor siren testing
Tests of the university’s outdoor warning sirens, located on the roofs of Nemerov House, Brookings and Seigle Halls, will take place at 11 a.m. on the first Monday of each month in conjunction with St. Louis City’s and St. Louis County’s outdoor warning siren test. The tests will last approximately two minutes and are weather permitting.
The Emergency Management Office
The mission of Washington University in St. Louis’ Emergency Management Office is to protect the university community in the event of an emergency.
Emergency management is responsible for facilitating the coordination and integration of activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the university’s ability to prepare for, respond to, mitigate against, continue operations during and recover from natural disasters, acts of terrorism or other human-caused crises or disasters.