DOH: Zika patient in Iloilo has recovered

  • An official from the Department of Health said the Zika patient in Iloilo has recovered
  • A 45-year-old married woman recently tested positive of having Zika virus
  • Her urine and blood specimens were examined; both tested positive of Zika

The Department of Health (DOH) disclosed on Friday, September 9, that the Zika patient in Iloilo has reovered.

“The 45-year-old married non-pregnant female has recovered,” said DOH spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Doctor Eric Tayag in an interview with the members of the press, as stated in a PNA article that was posted on Sun Star.

Zika is caused by the bites of infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Symptoms include mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, malaise or headache, muscle and joint pain, which could last for two to seven days. The disease is also being linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome and microcephaly, a condition of abnormal smallness of the head among babies of infected mothers.

On Monday, September 5, DOH Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo announced that the Philippines has recorded the sixth Zika infection case in the country. In a press conference later that day, Tayag said the woman experienced skin rashes with joint pains but with no fever last August 30. Her urine and blood specimens were tested positive of Zika.


Tayag said a DOH team was deployed Monday, September 5, to Iloilo to trace other suspected cases. The agency will reveal its findings by Tuesday next week.

The DOH wants to find the scope of the local transmission through testing of specimens of possible cases who had skin rashes or displayed symptoms of Zika, such as joint pains and conjunctivitis (or the redness of eyes).

“Scientists in Research Institute for Tropical Medicine have some hypothesis that the virus might have been here, but we have not noticed it in the past because of high dengue cases,” Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial explained.