Zika virus: American tests positive after Philippines trip

American tests positive for Zika virus

After retuning from a trip in the Philippines in January, an American woman has tested positive for the Zika virus when she was tested in the United States.

Janette Garin Secretary of the Philippine Department of Health said her department was coordinating with the US to get more information about the woman and find out where in the Philippines she stayed.

The woman stayed in the Philippines from January 2nd to the 28th.

A health department’s spokesman, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, said that the woman was exhibiting the symptoms of Zika in the final days of her stay in the Philippines, but was not diagnosed with Zika virus until she returned to the U.S.

If it is determined that the woman was infected in the Philippines, it will be only the second Zika case to be reported in the Philippines.  We should make it clear that there have been no reports of an outbreak in the Philippines

Readers should not be alarmed but please take steps to prevent infection, by destroying all breeding places such as standing water of mosquitoes, which can spread Zika, and other diseases such as dengue.

 Philippines health officials have advised pregnant women to consider deferring non-essential travel to Zika-hit countries and worked to raise public awareness on how to fight infections, including by using insect repellents and wearing protective clothing.

Last month Philippines Health Minister Janet Garin has urged women to delay pregnancy until more is known about the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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