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Health Alerts

Dear Georgia Southern Students, Parents, Faculty & Staff,

I want to take this opportunity to inform you via the information below of health-related issues across the state, nation, and internationally, that we are continuing to monitor. Thank you for taking the time to consider the information below. I will send out updates on these and other issues as they become available. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.

Brian M. DeLoach, M.D.

Medical Director

Hospitalizations and Deaths Possibly Tied to Street Drugs in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has become aware of a dangerous, potentially lethal substance contained in street drugs surfacing in central and South Georgia. Dozens of patients have been hospitalized and there are reports of deaths that may be associated with the drugs, but confirmation is pending. MORE INFO


Zika is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes.  Sexual transmission has also been documented.  The primary concern regarding Zika is that the virus can cause a birth defect called microcephaly in a developing fetus.  The CDC continues to have a Level 2 Travel Alert in place for areas in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.   A Level 2 Alert indicates that the CDC is recommending that travelers to those areas practice enhanced safety precautions.  For more information about Zika, including specific recommendations for persons traveling to or returning from a Zika-affected area, see .

Bed Bugs

While traditionally a problem mostly associated with developing countries, over the past several years the presence of bed bugs has been increasing across the United States.  The presence of bed bugs is not associated with the level of cleanliness of living conditions, and they have been found in five-star hotels and resorts.  While bed bugs do not spread disease and treatment of the itchy bites with an over-the-counter antihistamine or anti-itch cream is usually sufficient, students with severely bothersome symptoms may choose to schedule an appointment with Health Services for further evaluation.
For more information from the CDC about bed bugs, see

Last updated: 6/29/2017