For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
Zika Information for Sea Term and Remote Experiences
With the exception of pregnancy related complications, Zika is generally a very mild illness that most people do not even realize they have had. We want to provide some early education on Zika and share the CDC guidelines that currently exist.
Zika is spread through mosquito bites and sex. The pregnancy complications are horribly serious and need to be avoided. As such, please see the information below.
- Pregnant individuals should not travel to Zika areas.
- Males who travel to Zika areas and have pregnant partners at home, should abstain from sex or use condoms for the duration of the pregnancy.
- Mosquito bite avoidance should be practiced in Zika areas
- Mosquito bite avoidance should be practiced for 3 weeks upon return.
- Timeline to avoid becoming pregnant or having unprotected sex after having Zika or returning from an area with Zika:
- Females: 8 weeks
- Males: 6 months
- Provide education to all staff and cadets
- Pregnant individuals should not go on cruise or to Zika areas; anyone planning on becoming pregnant who travels to a Zika area, should delay pregnancy by the timeline listed above. Confidential, no expense, pregnancy testing is available at MMA Health Services
- Assure all personnel receive the CDC recommendations
- Share any CDC issued updates on the recommendations
- Minimize mosquito bite risk
More information to follow, however, if you have questions or concerns regarding Zika and Sea Term or remote experiences please contact MMA Health Services, your own physician, or your MMA supervisor.