Yale Health Department issues advisory on Zika virus outbreak
YALE, N.Y. — The Yale Public Health Department issued an advisory Monday to its staff, students and faculty about a public health emergency at Yale University.
In a release, the department said the outbreak began Monday in the city of Maricopa County, which includes Tucson.
The department said more than 100 cases of the virus had been confirmed in the county, including more than 30 students and 19 faculty members, with many of them traveling from the state to the university.
The department said it has received reports of an increase in cases and laboratory tests have been sent to multiple hospitals.
The agency is urging residents to avoid public areas, including public parks, beaches, playgrounds, bus stops and other areas where people could be exposed to the virus.
People who have traveled to Arizona or have traveled through New Mexico or Texas are also being urged to call the Arizona Department of Public Health at 520-838-4411.
Public health officials say the outbreak has spread quickly, with people arriving from the western United States to the eastern states and elsewhere in the world.