090916 – World Status Report

Take Enhanced Precautions


  • Deadliest animal in the world. Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world. Their ability to carry and spread disease to humans causes millions of deaths every year.

See also a relevant ICRSO post on this topic: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

U.S. Department of State

  • Worldwide Caution.  The Worldwide Caution is updated with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.  Current information suggests that terrorist groups continue to plan attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.
  • Eritrea Travel Warning. The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Eritrea due to the unpredictable security situation along Eritrea’s borders and restrictions imposed by local authorities on travel within the country.

Security Messages for U.S. Citizens

International SOS

Zika News



  • Updated guidance on prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus. The interim guidance on prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus has been updated with new evidence and advice. The primary transmission route of Zika virus is via the Aedes mosquito, however mounting evidence shows that sexual transmission of Zika virus is possible and more common than previously assumed. This is of concern due to an association between the Zika virus and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Lifted Risks

  • WHO certifies Sri Lanka malaria-free. In a remarkable public health achievement, Sri Lanka was certified by WHO on having eliminated malaria, a life-threatening disease which long affected the island country.

The risk information in this report is retrieved from U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other professional sources as listed in the post. It provides general guidance for UT Dallas travelers. Please note the revision date (mmddyy) of this report, printed on the title of the post, and go to the direct sources listed for the most up-to-date information.  The information in this report may change without prior notice.