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Sunday, March 03, 2024

The beginning of the new school year is an opportunity for all students to help curb the spread of the Zika virus by practicing good habits, which include 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 Governor 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.

Marshall Criser III is chancellor of the State University System of Florida.

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