UPDATED: UA student tests positive for Zika virus

Elizabeth Elkin

There are “confirmed cases” of Zika virus on the University of Alabama campus, according to an email sent to UA students and faculty involved in study abroad programs in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America or South America.

The email, sent on June 10 by Carolina Robinson, director of Education Abroad, recommended that students who went abroad to these countries get tested for the virus.

“Most people infected with Zika virus won’t even know they have the disease because they won’t have symptoms,” the email read.

According to the CDC’s website, the most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis. Other symptoms are muscle pain and a headache. The time from exposure to the virus to showing symptoms of the virus is likely a few days to a week.

Students enrolled in CISI study abroad insurance have an extension of benefits for 30 days after the expiration of their student insurance for conditions diagnosed or treated during their trips or conditions related to their trips, according to the email.

The Crimson White has reached out to the University for comment. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE (3:20 p.m., 6/13/16):

Chris Bryant, interim director of media relations, said the University was notified on Friday that a student who recently studied abroad tested positive for Zika virus.

“Federal privacy laws prevent us from commenting on the student’s condition,” Bryant said. “However, in the majority of Zika cases, individuals make a full recovery within a week.”