Published: Tuesday 06 December, 2016

4 New Zika Virus Cases in PH Including Pregnant Woman Brings Total to 39

Zika Virus Philippines update: The Department of Health (DOH) said 4 new infections have brought to 39 the total number of Zika Virus cases in the country. Of the four, one is a pregnant woman from Binan, Laguna.

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The identity of the latest pregnant Filipina with Zika virus has not been revealed. But DOH secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial said she is five months pregnant.

This brings to three the total number of pregnant Zika virus cases in the Philippines. Earlier, the DOH revealed that  a 22-year old woman  from Cebu on her 19th week of pregnancy, and a 16-year old girl from Las Pinas on her 32nd week of pregnancy have Zika virus. All three are now being monitored by the government’s health experts.

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Studies have shown that Zika virus in pregnant women may result in birth defects, including microcephaly – a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected.

Dr. Eric Tayag of the DOH said the pregnant women will be monitored during the entire course of their pregnancy, and even up to two years after giving birth. Although birth defects commonly occur during the first month of pregnancy, recent reports have indicated that Zika-infected babies can develop microcephaly after birth.

As the number of Zika cases in the in the Philippines continue to increase, albeit gradually, the health department once again called on the public to keep their surroundings clean. The Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the breed of mosquito that carries the viruses that cause Zika, dengue and chikungunya, breed in dirty surroundings.

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The Department of Health encourages the practice of the 4S strategy in eradicating these diseases. The 4S means Search & destroy mosquito breeding places, use Self-protection measures, Seek early consultation for fevers lasting more than 2 days, and Say yes to fogging when there is an impending outbreak.

Source(s) :

The Standard, US News, PNA