Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo confirmed on Monday that a Filipino from Iloilo has been infected with Zika virus, the sixth case in the Philippines.
Bayugo said in a press conference that the Filipina was examined abroad and came to the Philippines already positive with Zika.
“[She was] examined abroad and turned out positive for Zika,” he said.
Bayugo, meanwhile, clarified that there is no outbreak of the virus in the country.
“The Zika events that we have are sporadic. These are not considered outbreak,” he said.
“Our people in the region (6) are competent (to handle the case),” he added.
In a recent press conference, DOH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Rosell-Ubial maintained that the Philippines has yet to record its first locally-transmitted Zika case.
Ubial had clarified that all Zika cases in the Philippines, recorded from 2012, are not locally-transmitted and the victims got the virus overseas.
“Yun pong na-record na five cases before are what we call imported. Ibig sabihin, nakuha nila yung infection sa ibang bansa at nag-punta sila dito sa Pilipinas,” she said.
The announcement came after Singapore and Malaysia report their first cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus infections. —Bianca Rose Dabu/ALG, GMA News