DOH confirms 3 Zika cases in September; all of which came from Iloilo

  • The Department of Health confirmed three cases of Zika infection in September
  • All the sixth, seventh, and eighth cases were from Iloilo City
  • The seventh and eighth cases were found in the same household with the sixth case

We are just in the middle of the month of September but the Department of Health (DOH) has already recorded three cases of Zika infection.

In an article written by Tara Yap and Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce of Manila Bulletin, it was disclosed that there are now three confirmed Zika cases in the country for the month of September. All cases were found in Iloilo City.

The DOH said the two additional Zika cases were found in the same household where the 45-year-old woman — who was the first case in the month of September and the sixth case since 2012 — dwells.

DOH Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell Ubial said the mode of transmission was found to be through mosquito bites; ruling out sexual contact and blood transfusion as possible causes.

Dr. Jessie Glen Alonsabe, chief epidemiologist of DOH-6, said that the additional two people with Zika virus were mainly asymptomatic. To note, the two were not even hospitalized as they only had mild skin rashes.

Good thing, on the other hand, Ubial said all three cases have now fully recovered from their mild illnesses.

Zika infection is characterized by fever lasting for two to seven days, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, pain behind the eyes, and vomiting. Despite being a mild disease, Zika infection became a big concern because of the birth defect – called microcephaly – that is linked to it.

Screening measures

Meanwhile, Ubial said the Iloilo City Government has intensified its search and destroy drive to rid the community of the Zika-carrying mosquitoes.

She urged other local government units to also intensify their anti-mosquito campaign in their respective areas.

Also, informational material on Zika were distributed by the Bureau of Quarantine in the city while Zika screening measures at the Panay international airport were heightened.