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5 negative, 14 others tested for Zika in Pennsylvania

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 9, 2016 9:16 AM
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In this Feb. 1, 2016 photo, a technician from the British biotec company Oxitec holds a container of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that were genetically modified to produce offspring that don't live, in Campinas, Brazil, before releasing them into the wild as part of an effort to kill the local Aedes population, a vector for the Zika virus. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

(Harrisburg) -- The state Department of Health says five people have tested negative for the Zika virus and test results for 14 others are pending. 

The people who've been tested did so because they've traveled abroad to areas where they could have been exposed to the mosquito-borne virus. 

Most people recover in about a week from symptoms that include fever, a rash and achy joints.

But doctors believe the virus puts pregnant women at serious risks for birth defects. 

Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Health Department based in Pittsburgh, says the risk for residents in southwestern Pennsylvania is extremely low.

She says the risk is for those who've traveled to areas in Central and South America where the virus is rampant.

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