Pennsylvania health officials reported on the first travel-associated Zika virus cases in the state earlier this week. The two female residents recently traveled to countries affected by the ongoing outbreak of the disease.
“While we are concerned about the health of these individuals and any Pennsylvanian who may be exposed to Zika virus, we want to emphasize that these cases pose no threat to the public,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy. “We will continue to provide updated Zika guidance to health care professionals across the commonwealth to ensure they are aware of the symptoms associated with the disease and the protocols that should be followed to ensure testing of potentially infected individuals, if needed.”
One of the cases is a Lehigh University student who traveled abroad over the winter break, according to John Smeaton, Vice-Provost of Student Affairs on Wednesday.
“We are grateful to be able to report that the student has recovered and is feeling well”, he noted. “The Lehigh University Health and Wellness Center has been in direct contact with state health officials, who indicate that there is no additional health risk to anyone on campus.”
Last Friday, just prior to the confirmation of these cases, The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an alert for pregnant women traveling to affected areas and said they were stepping up monitoring for the disease.
On Thursday, the World Health Organization issued a Q&A concerning pregnancy, Zika virus and microcephaly.
Dozens of imported Zika virus cases have been reported in the US from a number of states, according to the CDC.
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