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Makati’s Precautionary Measures to Prevent Zika Virus effects on Babies

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.



Zika Transmission

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’s Plea

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.

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/30/health/zika-microcephaly-cases-thailand/

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Binay: Nancy alerts Congress to act on Zika before it’s too late

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Senator Nancy Binay urges immediate and coordinated action necessary from Congress on Zika outbreak. The Department of Health, the national government, and local government units should unite to combat the spread of the disease. The reported 6 more cases of Zika finding alarms the senator.



Binay is first when it comes to Public Service

It has been noted that Senator Binay does not only talk – but he also walks the talk. Always when it comes to public service, she’s leading the senatorial team.



Congress urged

Binay

She noted that the World Health Organization declared the global Zika virus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

“We have already recorded six new cases so far this year, must we wait for the virus to spread before we take action?” Binay asked, citing the need for coordination to inform the public that the Zika virus threat in our country is serious.

“We need to give them enough information to protect them from this ailment,” said Binay.



Kerry told the Council the only hope of reviving the ceasefire would be for Russia to order Assad to ground his air force and stop hitting civilian targets.

Food aid promised for Aleppo under the US-Russia deal has been stalled at the border since last week and will go bad in just a few days.

“Forty trucks are sitting at the Turkish-Syrian border. The food will be expiring on Monday,” the head of the UN humanitarian task force for Syria, Jan Egeland, said.

“The drivers are sleeping at the border and they have done so now for now a week, so please, President Assad, do your bit to enable us to get to eastern Aleppo.”

The UN resumed aid deliveries on Thursday after a pause in the wake of a strike on the convoy in Syria’s north that killed 20 civilians and destroyed 18 aid trucks.




Senate Resolution No. 136

In her Senate Resolution No. 136, Binay stressed that it is “the duty of the State to protect and promote the right to health of the people.”

“There is an imminent threat of local and cross-border transmission of Zika virus infection in the country that calls for urgent and coordinated action from Congress, the DoH, national government and local government units to adopt an action plan to prevent the spread of Zika virus, enhance early detection and monitoring of Zika virus, and increase awareness of Zika virus through education, information and communication campaigns,” Binay said.



Six more cases found

The DoH announced on Tuesday that six more persons have contracted Zika virus, bringing the number of recorded cases of the virus in the country to nine. Of the nine cases, six were females; six out of nine came from Iloilo, one came from Cebu and one from Laguna. All new cases also had no history of travel to other countries.

Aedes mosquitoes

Zika virus is primarily transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. In tropical countries, it is commonly spread by the Aedes aegypti, the same mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. However, Zika virus can also be transmitted sexually and through blood transfusion.

Those infected with the virus may experience mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, or headaches, and according to WHO, these may last for 2-7 days.

Microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome Anticipated

The virus is also being blamed for the increase in cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome in countries where Zika has spread.

The latest WHO situation report on Zika virus lists the Philippines as a Category 2-country. Category 2 countries have possible endemic transmission or evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in 2016.
Reference: http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/middle-east/147080-syria-launches-aleppo-push-truce-plan-flounders

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

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.

Reference: http://www.rappler.com/nation/146048-new-confirmed-zika-cases-iloilo-city

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Zeka virus escalates in the Philippines

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Zeka Virus is now on its 6th victim in the Philippines. All six Filipinos who contracted the disease from mosquito bites suffered fever. In other countries, this can also be transmitted through sex. Read the full story below:

DOH’s Report

HEALTH authorities on Monday announced that a woman from Iloilo had tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that causes microcephaly in newborns, the first such case recorded this year.

This brought to six the total number of cases registered in the country since 2012, Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag told reporters in a news conference.

Tayag described the first Zika case for the year as a 45-year-old female, married and not pregnant, from Iloilo province.

The virus most likely came from local transmission because the woman had no history of travel to any affected country in the past two weeks, Tayag said.

Tayag said the woman reported to doctors on August 31, and was found to have skin rashes and joint pains, but without fever.

She was confined in a local hospital where urine and blood samples were collected. The 45-year-old tested positive for Zika in both urine and blood samples.

The tests were done at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine In Muntinlupa.

The woman is at home recovering from a mild illness.

Tayag said the DOH had sent a team to do follow-up tests in the area where the woman is residing.

Dr. Gundo Weiler, World Health Organization country representative, lauded the Philippines for its ability to control the virus, noting that out of 37 Western Pacific countries, the Philippines has reported only six cases since 2012.

Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of the Aedes mosquito. Sexual transmission has been reported in other countries like Brazil and Singapore.

Source: Manila Times

Reference: http://www.manilatimes.net/ph-confirms-6th-zika-virus-case/284220/

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