University of Alabama student tests positive for Zika

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(AL.com) A University of Alabama student who recently studied abroad has tested positive for Zika virus, according to a spokesman for the school.

"Federal privacy laws prevent us from commenting on the student's condition; however, in the majority of Zika cases, individuals make a full recovery within a week," wrote University of Alabama spokesman Chris Bryant in an email.

The school was notified Friday that the student had tested positive for Zika virus, Bryant wrote. It is the state's sixth case of Zika virus, and all have been related to travel to affected areas.

Students who recently returned or are currently on study abroad programs in Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean have been notified, Bryant wrote.

"We recommended, as precaution, these students visit the Student Health Center or their healthcare provider to be tested if they are experiencing symptoms," he wrote.

So far, no locally-transmitted cases of Zika virus have been reported in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Out of 691 cases identified in the United States, 11 have been transmitted through sex with infected people, according to the CDC.

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