By Charina Clarisse Echaluce
Ten new cases of the Zika virus infection were recorded by the Department of Health, bringing the total number of 2016 cases in the Philippines to 33.
Health secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial disclosed the new Zika cases in an ambush interview Tuesday, November 15.
Four regions are affected, Ubial said. Western Visayas has 12; NCR has 11, Calabarzon has 9 and Central Visayas has 1.
In total, the places with reported Zika infections are as follows:
- 12 in Iloilo
- 4 in Bacoor, Cavite
- 3 in Calamba, Laguna
- 3 in Mandaluyong City
- 2 in Antipolo City
- 2 in Las Piñas City
- 2 in Muntinlupa City
- 1 in Caloocan
- 1 in Cebu
- 1 in Makati
- 1 in Manila
- 1 in Quezon City
The 22-year-old patient from Cebu is especially being monitored since she’s pregnant.
“She is still okay and we are monitoring her. She underwent two ultrasound tests and the results are normal,” Ubial disclosed.
The woman is expected to give birth on January 2017.
While the Zika infection has dengue-like symptoms, it became a primary cause of concern for being linked to microcephaly, a birth defect wherein a newborn baby’s head is smaller than normal.
The DOH earlier said the Zika virus strain in the Philippines is different from the Latin American variant that causes microcephaly.