No Zika Cases in CAR – DOH

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Health affirmed that no Zika virus cases has yet to be recorded in hospitals and health centers in the region but still reminded the public about regular clean-up drive for possible mosquito breeding sites.

This was reported by DOH Cordillera Medical officer IV Dr. Alexei Marrero in their regular monthly kapihan media forum, here.

Marrero discloses that Zika infection is a diseases transmitted to people through a bite of an infected Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the same mosquito that transmits Dengue and Chikungunya.

Mosquito that spread Zika bite aggressively during the day and Zika virus can also be transmitted through infected blood or sexual contact and from mother to baby during pregnancy, he added.

For signs and symptoms, Marrero discloses that fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis are the usal symptoms and it may also include muscle pain, headache, pain behind eyes and vomiting.

“The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for 2 to 7 days. People having these signs and symptoms should seek immediate consultation to the nearest health facility”, Marrero stressed.

Though no Zika infection here in the region, Marrero still reiterates the health department’s call for a regular clean – up drive, as cases of dengue in the region remains high.

From January 1 to February 6, there were 464 cases of suspected Dengue recorded in the region, an 88 percent increase compared to the same period last year, Marrero reported.

As per demographics, Baguio City and Benguet recorded the most cases with 173 and 158, respectively, he added.

Meantime, Marrero also disclosed that like Zika virus no Chikungunya cases yet recorded this year for Cordillera.

Nevertheless, Marrero iterates the DOH Campaign of “Stop, Look and Listen” – stop at 4pm (everyday), look inside and outside the house (for search and destroy of possible dengue mosquito breeding sites) and Listen to health and barangay officials for the proper ways to prevent Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya infections./CCD with Dareen Supnet and Faith Roque/PIA – SLU Interns


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