Letter to the Editor: Do your part to prevent the spread of Zika

Chancellor Marshall Criser III

State University System Chancellor

As the new school year begins, it’s an opportunity for all students to help curb the spread of the Zika virus by practicing good habits, including using mosquito repellent, spilling standing water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and taking measures to reduce the chances of sexual transmission.

In fact, as you walk around your campus, you may notice references to the “Zika Aware: Spill it, Spray it” campaign, meant to remind students how to stay safe.

Florida’s 12 public universities are leaders in the conversation about Zika, conducting important research, creating task forces to track the virus and serving as a resource to the community. But as University students, you also have a unique opportunity to make a difference.

Just as Gov. Rick Scott challenged Florida’s educational institutions to be proactive in preventing new Zika cases, I am urging you – our students – to get creative and help us spread the word. By working together, we have a real opportunity to make a difference.

 

DISCLAIMER:

Letter to the Editors are published once a month. They are not written by FIUSM staff but by members of the FIU community.  If you would like to submit a letter, please email it to opinion@fiusm.com

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