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DOH Reports: 2 more people tested positive for Zika virus in Iloilo City

Zika virus

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Zika virus existence in the Philippines has progressed, This is according to the Department of Health report.  See how this will be handled:

New Cases has Emerged

(UPDATED) Health Secretary Patulyn Ubial: ‘All 3 cases have since recovered from their very mild illness and did not require hospitalization.’

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Department of Health reported on Tuesday, September 13, that two more people in Iloilo City tested positive for Zika virus, based on results done at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

The two live in the same household as the “index case” – the 45-year-old woman announced last week as the first confirmed case of locally-transmitted Zika virus in 2016.

They acquired the virus through mosquito bites, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial told reporters on Tuesday.

But unlike the index case who presented with skin rash, joint pains, and red eyes, the two other cases only showed mild skin rash.

“All 3 cases have since recovered from their very mild illness and did not require hospitalization,” Ubial said, adding that they no longer show signs and symptoms of the virus as of Tuesday.

The age, sex, and relationship of the new cases were not revealed “to protect the privacy of the patients.”

The health department tested a total of 12 people who were contacts, neighbors, and household companions of the index case. Only two of them tested positive.

The patients are still under home quarantine, and local health officials are monitoring their blood and urine.

Zika, which resembles a light case of the flu, is transmitted by mosquito species found in tropical and sub-tropical regions: Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, or tiger mosquitoes.

The disease is strongly suspected of causing birth defects such as microcephaly and other brain deformities in newborns.

But Ubial said none of those who’ve tested positive are pregnant.


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