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Lehigh: Student tested positive for Zika, but has recovered

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 11, 2016 3:00 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. The concern is not the disease itself, Zika's immediate effects are mild, consisting mostly of a moderate fever and a rash, and only a fifth of those afflicted notice any symptoms. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

(Bethlehem) -- Lehigh University says a student tested positive for the Zika virus after a trip abroad, but has since recovered. 

The school said in a message to students, staff and faculty that the student had traveled abroad over the winter break and later tested positive for the virus, but has since recovered "and is feeling well.''

Lehigh said there is no health risk to anyone on campus. 

Earlier this week, the state Health Department said two female residents had tested positive for the virus, but both were mild cases and the public wasn't at risk. 

Authorities say many people infected don't get sick and most recover in about a week, but officials are investigating whether there is a link between Zika infections in pregnant women and a rare birth defect.  

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