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6 new Zika cases in Philippines; 1 in Cebu City


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A 22-YEAR-OLD woman from Cebu City is one of six persons confirmed to have fallen ill with the Zika virus this year, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

 

All six had no history of travel to other countries a month before they fell ill.

 

Health officials in Cebu asked the public to stay calm, keep their surroundings clean, and get rid of places where mosquitoes can breed, basically the same strategies communities have taken to prevent dengue fever.

 

“Magbantay lang gyud, dili lang magkompiyansa. Ang last ra ba kay sa Iloilo (City), unya karon, naa na diri (Always be vigilant, don’t be complacent. The most recent reported case [earlier this month] was in Iloilo City and now it’s here. Prevention is always important,” said Dr. Alma Corpin, officer-in-charge of the Cebu City Health Department (CHD).

 

In a statement on the agency’s official website, Dr. Eric Tayag, DOH spokesperson, said that initial and confirmatory tests were conducted on the patients in the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Manila.

 

Aside from the 22-year-old woman from Cebu City, four of the latest cases are from Iloilo City and one is from Laguna, said Dr. Tayag.

 

All six individuals fell ill after being bitten by mosquitoes, and exhibited symptoms such as skin rashes and joint pains.

 

With the six new cases, the number of confirmed Zika cases in the country has risen to nine.

 

In a GMA 7 Balitang Bisdak report yesterday, DOH 7 Director Jaime Bernadas said that the 22-year-old woman from Cebu City was diagnosed after she was admitted for fever and joint pains three days ago.

As of yesterday, she was released from the hospital and is now recuperating at home, Bernadas said.

 

He urged the public to not panic as symptoms of Zika are not fatal and often subside after three days if treated immediately.

 

He also urged communities to keep up precautions against dengue, such as the “4S strategy.” That means search and destroy sites where mosquitoes breed; use self-protection (such as by using insect repellents and wearing long-sleeved tops with long pants); seek early medical consultation; and “say yes to fogging when there is an impending outbreak.”

 

According to the World Health Organization, the Zika virus is transmitted primarily by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the same carrier of the dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever.

 

People with Zika can have symptoms like mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivis, muscle and joint pains, and headaches, which last for two to seven days.

 

First observed in Latin America, the virus was blamed for the increasing number of infants with congenital microcephaly and other unusual birth defects.

 

While there is still no specific treatment or vaccination, those who are afflicted can recover with plenty of rest and fluids (JKV/SunStar Cebu)

 

 

Wikipedia Zika virus

 

 

Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of the virus family Flaviviridae and the genus Flavivirus. It is spread by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes, such as A. aegypti and A. albopictus. Its name comes from the Zika Forest of Uganda, where the virus was first isolated in 1947. Zika virus is related to the dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile viruses. Since the 1950s, it has been known to occur within a narrow equatorial belt from Africa to Asia. From 2007 to 2016, the virus spread eastward, across the Pacific Ocean to the Americas, leading to the 2015–16 Zika virus epidemic.

 

The infection, known as Zika fever or Zika virus disease, often causes no or only mild symptoms, similar to a very mild form of dengue fever. While there is no specific treatment, paracetamol (acetaminophen) and rest may help with the symptoms. As of 2016, the illness cannot be prevented by medications or vaccines. Zika can also spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus. This can result in microcephaly, severe brain malformations, and other birth defects.

 

Zika infections in adults may result rarely in Guillain–Barré syndrome.

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