57 Zika cases in PH – DOH

MANILA, Philippines – There are now 57 cases of the Zika virus in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Thursday, February 2. 

Of the 57 cases found, 38 (67%) of the cases involved females and 19 (33%) involved males. The ages of the affected ranged from 7 years to 59 years.

The Zika virus was detected in the following areas:

There were 52 cases reported in late December 2016. DOH officials reported the first confirmed local transmission of Zika in the country in September 2016.

7 confirmed Zika pregnant cases

The DOH said that of the 7 of the Zika cases are pregnant women, aged 16 to 32.

The DOH said a 16-year-old from Las Piñas gave birth at full term to a baby boy without microcephaly. The disease is suspected of causing birth defects, such as microcephaly or other brain deformities in newborn children.

It is also veryfing a report that a mother and her new-born baby in Western Visayas "were screened positive for Zika virus antibodies using a rapid diagnostic test, which is not confirmatory."
 
"Samples from mother and the baby were sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and will be subjected to a confirmatory test on Zika virus using Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR)," Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said.

The virus, 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.  – Rappler.com