Grace Schneider , director, study abroad, was quoted in an Arlington Catholic Herald story on whether Zika virus will affect study abroad trips. See below.

Study abroad groups unaffected by Zika virus

From: Arlington Catholic Herald Date: Feb. 24, 2016 Author: Zoey DiMauro

Local college students traveling to countries affected by the Zika virus will take precautions against the disease but ultimately make the trip, according to representatives from schools such as Christendom College in Front Royal and Catholic University in Washington.

"Outbound students to these countries are being given guidance on symptoms and effects of the virus, as well as how to avoid exposure to the extent possible," said Grace Schneider, director the study abroad office at Catholic U. Trips are currently planned or in progress for Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Mexico.

"I think people are worried because of the significant news coverage and they don't understand (the threat), so some of it is simply educating people to read the information that's there," said Schneider. "Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there's not a significant health risk to students who are not pregnant." ...

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