William and Mary student contracts 2nd confirmed case of Zika virus in Virginia

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WRiC) — Virginia has a second confirmed case of the Zika virus, as a student at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg has been diagnosed with the disease that has been linked to birth defects.

“We’ve been in contact with both our health and wellness team and the CDC,” said William and Mary spokesperson Suzanne Seurattan.=

Seurattan says the school sent out an advisory this weekend after one of its students told them they had contracted the Zika virus while traveling in Central America. School officials say they wanted to let students and the community know there was no need to panic.

“Our message to not only to our campus community but the greater Williamsburg community is there’s no health risk here,” said Seurattan.

“I’ve been doing a lot of reading the previous couple of weeks about it, so I was really shocked when I saw that someone here would have it because you would never expect,” student Amy Boutselis told 8News reporter Mark Tenia.

Zika is primarily spread through mosquito bites. Currently, there is no vaccine. Symptoms can include fever, headache, joint pain or eye irritation, but most people won’t show any signs of the virus.

“The student is not currently exhibiting symptoms and they’re expected to make a full recovery,” said Seurattan.

Boutselis says she’s somewhat concerned but is hopeful doctors will get the virus under control.

“I’m hoping to feel optimistic that somehow they can come up with a cure for it, I know they haven’t yet,” said Boutselis.

Meanwhile, school officials say they are keeping track of their student’s case.

“Absolutely we are in contact with the CDC and we continue to monitor the case as do they,” said Seurattan.

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