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February 10, 2016

Lehigh University student tests positive for Zika virus

Student was traveling abroad, has recovered

A student at Lehigh University in Bethlehem is OK after testing positive for the Zika virus, according to the school.

University officials announced Wednesday evening they have been informed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health that one of their students who travelled abroad over winter break contracted the virus.

The student has recovered and is feeling well, officials said. It was not specified where the student studied abroad.

On Tuesday, health officials confirmed that two Pennsylvania women who traveled to countries affected by the outbreak of the virus had contracted the illness.

It is unclear whether the Lehigh University student is one of those two women. 

Symptoms of the Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis and headache. There is no vaccine or medication available for treating the virus. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has advised pregnant women to avoid traveling to areas impacted by the virus.

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