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According to Dr. Glenn Alonsabe, chief epidemiologist of DOH-6 in Western Visayas. Their concern now is the possibility of the disease being transmitted and whther it will spread or not.
“We would like to know where it came from,” Alonsabe said.
He added that the woman was not pregnant so there is no need to fear Microcephalu, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development, which is normal for woman who are carrying when they were diagnosed with the disease.
Zika virus is attained from the bite of an infected mosquito, Aedes aegyti which also carries Dengue. It is a vector=borne disease caused by a flavivirus.
The DOH appealed to the public to calm down and instead focus on cleaning their surroundings to stop the mosquito from thriving.
Meanwhile, Senator Risa Hontiveros, chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography urged the DOH to intensify its prevention and detection drive against the Zika virus after the latest case.
“I support the on-going preparations and ground work of the DOH to strengthen its information, detection and monitoring drive to prevent the further spread of the disease, and to provide immediate care to those infected with the virus,” Hontiveros said in a statement.
She encouraged the department to provide more equipment to barangay centers and distribute anti-Zika virus packets to barangay health units.
Hontiveros lauded the DOH for including Zika virus in its Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response System, which reports within 24 hours all suspected cases of Zika virus to the Epidemiology Bureau of the health department.
The woman infected is the sixth case of Zika in the Philippines since 2012, according to DOH records.
A team from the DOH Central Office in Manila flew to Iloilo City yesterday to conduct more tests on the married woman who has no history of travel to Zika-infected countries. MJM