• An official from the Department of Health confirmed a new case of Zika infection in the Philippines
  • A 45-year-old woman from Iloilo City tested positive of having Zika virus
  • DOH Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo said the patient has no record of travel to countries where the virus has been detected

An official from the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed a new case of  Zika infection in the Philippines on Monday, September 5.

In a PNA article that was posted on Sun Star, it was disclosed that DOH Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo said a 45-year-old woman from Iloilo City tested positive of having Zika virus. It is the sixth case recorded in the country.

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.

Bayugo disclosed that the patient has no record of travel to countries where the virus has been detected. He, however, clarified that there is still no confirmation of local transmission of the virus in the Philippines.

“As far as what we have now, wala pa kaming evidence na merong transmission locally of this case that has been surfacing [we have no evidence that Zika has been locally-transmitted],” Bayugo said.

Here is a short video of Bayugo’s statement, as posted on ABS-CBN’s Twitter page:

Click the image to watch the video.