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.
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 https://www.cdc.gov/zika/
Last updated: 6/16/2017