First case of Zika virus detected in Philippines since 2012


MANILA – The Philippines has reported its first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus linked to thousands of birth defects in Latin America since 2012.

Citing a report from the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC), Health Secretary Janette Garin told reporters on Sunday (March 6) that an American had tested positive for Zika after visiting the Philippines for four weeks in January. The woman developed symptoms linked to the virus, including fever, rash, muscle pains, and conjunctivitis.”Currently, we are coordinating with CDC for the profile of the patient, including information on places she visited in the Philippines,” Dr Garin said.

-more at Straits Times

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