No Zika virus cases in Visayas

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News - (Hazel F. Gloria)

CEBU – The Department of Health said Central Visayas continues to be free from Zika virus.

Dr. Van Philip Baton, Medical Officer of Department of Health, there is no record of suspected Zika cases so far in the region.

“Zika virus is a virus related to dengue, chikungunya and other viruses in which the source is from a mosquito bite. These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters and they can also bite at night,” Baton said.

The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, skin rashes, joint pain, and red eyes. “There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika but it is not deadly,” Baton said.

He also explained that Zika is diagnosed based on a person’s recent travel history, symptoms, and test results. A blood or urine test can confirm a Zika infection.

Baton also said that Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus.

Zika virus have a high chance of fetal infection that may lead to microcephaly that can cause certain birth defects.

Baton urged the public to continuously focus on the “4S Strategy on Dengue Awareness and Prevention” such as the following: Search and destroy in keeping the environment clean; Selfprotection measures include wearing long sleeves or long pants; Seek early consultation because dengue is crucial and see a doctor immediately if you show early signs and symptoms of dengue; and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

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