Zika is associated with microcephaly or babies born with small heads. It mostly affects pregnant women. Symptoms of Zika infection include fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), headache and muscle pain. These common conditions cannot be ignored these days. Early consultations is a must.
[VIDEO]: Pregnant women affected by Zika virus gave birth to defective babies. See the extremity of the problems the virus caused to the young ones.
Health authorities believe that Zika is transmitted by sexual contact and through the bite of the Aedes mosquito, also identified as the vector in transmitting Dengue and Chikungunya.
Makati Worker Diagnosed with Zika
One of the reported Zika cases in Metro Manila, is a 42-year old male, who works in Makati but is a resident of Mandaluyong. Despite not being a Makati resident, precautions are undertaken in the city as a precautionary measure.
Mayor Abby Binay asks residents to remain calm and participate in a citywide cleanup drive to destroy breeding sites of mosquitoes. She urges residents to always keep their homes and surroundings clean. It is important to make sure in eliminating stagnant water and other usual breeding sites of mosquitoes.
No Need to Panic
City health officer Dr. Bernard Sese also assured residents there was no need to panic. “The male patient found positive of Zika virus, who is a non-resident, is already well. They have stepped up efforts to determine areas in the barangays with high-density of mosquitoes through setting up ovi-larvi traps; as ordered by the mayor.
High-risk Barangays are Identified
Based on the results of the ovi-larvi trap, high-risk areas in the barangays are identified and subjected to intensive cleanup operations jointly conducted by the barangay and city personnel. The city would only resort to misting when despite cleanup efforts, ovi-larvi trap results remain high.
Health Education Vital
The MHD chief also underscored the importance of continuous health education of people in the community regarding the prevention of virus infection and transmission.