Proven and tested positive for the Zika virus is a resident of the United States, who spent 4 weeks in the Philippines in January 2016, confirmed the Department of Health (DOH).
The DOH received a shocking report from the US-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) which indicated that a non-pregnant adult showed symptoms of fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis, and muscle pains during her last week of stay in the Philippines, and was confirmed to have the Zika virus upon her return In the US.
The start of Zika
The issue on the Zika virus broke the net just a few months ago. The Zika virus is a newly discovered virus that is very well noticed on their effects on unborn babies and to pregnant women. Zika Virus has spread most especially in the North and South America.
A DOH reminder
Although symptoms very general and are not that noticeable, there are lots of ways to prevent this virus. These preventions include: wearing long sleeves, keeping laundry areas dry and clean, and most importantly keeping mosquito sprays need by.
The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) has tested suspected cases and such. Zika virus kits are also available for those who want to get tested across the country. The head of DOH also said that men and women -pregnant or not- should take precautions.
DOH also started on the implementation of the ‘4S’.
“The 4S means search & destroy mosquito breeding places; use self-protection measures, seek early consultation for fever lasting more than two days, and say yes to fogging when there is an impending outbreak,” said the DOH head.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 55 countries have reported local Zika cases from January 2007 to March 2016, making it a global threat.