03/02/2016: Advisory on the Spread of the Zika Virus
As the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the current spread of the Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the Philippine Government, through the Department of Health, has advised its citizens to remember and use ‘4S’ against Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. The 4S means Search & destroy mosquito breeding places, use Self-protection measures, Seek early consultation for fever lasting more than two days, and Say yes to fogging when there is an impending outbreak.
Members of the Filipino-American community are further advised to learn more about the Zika virus disease—its cause, symptoms, methods of transmission, preventive measures, and confirmed cases—by visiting the websites of the WHO and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Since last month, many countries in the Americas have noted a significant spike in the number of patients infected with the Zika virus. Cases of Zika infection have been reported in the United States, where 31 Americans in 11 states and Washington, D.C. were reportedly diagnosed with Zika infection contracted while traveling abroad. On 02 February 2016, the CDC confirmed the first known case of local transmission in the continental United States in this latest outbreak.
The WHO has not recommended the imposition of any travel, trade, or screening restrictions related to the Zika virus disease. However, it is advised that travelers going to and coming from countries with known Zika virus cases maintain a high level of vigilance and self-care.