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A Temple University student who traveled to Spain during Spring Break has tested positive for COVID-19, a strain of the coronavirus, the university announced today.
The student, who lived off campus, has not been on Main Campus since Wednesday and is currently at home outside the city, according to the announcement. His symptoms are said to be mild.
Health officials are reaching out to those who had close contact with the student, according to the announcement. It is the first reported case associated with Temple.
The university expects other cases among students may arise based on how much students have traveled, according to the announcement.
COVID-19 is a part of the coronavirus family, which causes respiratory tract diseases and illnesses. Symptoms of the virus include having a fever, coughing and having difficulty breathing, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Close contact is defined as being within six feet of another person for a prolonged period of time or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case, according to the CDC.
The disease was first discovered in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019 and is believed to have started in a poultry and seafood market, the New York Times reported.
The CDC advises people with symptoms to contact a health care professional if they have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, live in an area or have recently traveled from an area with an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
To avoid the virus, do not touch your mouth, eyes or nose, avoid close contact with people who are sick and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with hot water, the CDC advises.