Zika virus in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania is a state located in the northern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The commonwealth borders Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, Lake Erie and the Canadian province of Ontario to the northwest, New York to the north, and New Jersey to the east.

As of 7 March 2016, six people were tested positive for Zika virus in Pennsylvania. More than 200 reported cases were pending.

Two residents of Pennsylvania have contracted Zika virus since January 2016. Both the patients are women, though it isn't revealed whether they are pregnant.

Zika virus was first detected in Pennsylvania on February 9, 2016. Two female residents of Pennsylvania contracted the virus while they were traveling in Zika outbreak destinations. Secretary of Health of Pennsylvania said that these cases would not pose a threat to the public. The two patients presented symptoms of fever and rash. The two cases are among the 21 tests from Pennsylvania that have been handled by a federal laboratory.

A student of the Lehigh University in Bethlehem has tested positive for the Zika virus. The student traveled abroad during the winter break. On 10 February, the Lehigh University in Bethlehem confirmed that the student has recovered.

On 16 February 2016, the Department of Health of Department of Health has reported that fifty three people are waiting for their Zika test results. This is up from 14 the previous week.

On 22 February 2016, the State Health Department said that two more persons in Pennsylvania State were tested positive for Zika virus. This brings the total number of Zika virus in the State since January to 4. Details of the patients were not revealed, but it is said that one of them is a man and the other woman. 124 other people in the State were awaiting results for Zika tests, up from 53 early last week. Of those, 27 are from Allegheny County, up from 16 the previous week.


  • February 22, 2016: 4 confirmed Zika virus cases
  • March 7, 2016: 6 confirmed cases