DOH monitors PH’s points of entry as its nearby country Singapore gets lots of Zika cases

  • The Department of Health is now on alert as the number of Zika infection cases have been recorded in the nearby country of Singapore
  • Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial said the agency is monitoring the country’s points of entry
  • Singapore already has 82 cases of Zika infection and is expecting to identify more

The Department of Health (DOH) is currently monitoring the points of entry in the Philippines now that its nearby country Singapore has been recording a lot of Zika infection cases.

In an article written by Charina Clarisse Echaluce of Manila Bulletin, it was disclosed that Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial said the health department is now monitoring the country’s points of entry to make sure that the virus will not get into its shores.

“We are still doing the surveillance and quarantine check at the airports and seaports as points of entry,” Ubial assured.

Zika virus infection, a vector-borne disease which is caused by a flavivirus, is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito from the Aedes genus, mainly Aedes aegypti. As of posting, Singapore already has 82 cases of Zika infection; and is expecting to identify more.

Ubial said the DOH is testing passengers arriving from countries with the presence of the virus.

“We are testing only symptomatic travelers… so far no one came out positive,” she disclosed.

Zika causes only mild symptoms for most people, such as fever and a rash, and has been detected in 58 countries particularly Brazil. In pregnant women, however, it can cause microcephaly, a deformation in which babies are born with abnormally small brains and heads.

“Now, Singapore flights will be among those to be closely monitored for Zika symptomatics. The symptomatics are sent to RITM for isolation and testing! For non symptomatics, there’s no need for isolation but they’re told to contact DOH if symptoms appear in two weeks time,” the DOH chief further noted.

Meanwhile, Filipinos in Singapore were told to avoid being bitten by mosquito.

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