According to the Department of Health, a 16-year old pregnant girl from Las Pinas City was confirmed to be the latest to have contracted the Zika virus.
“@Dok_Pau confirms second pregnant #Zika; 16 year old from Las Pinas City; had skin rash & fever at 32nd week of her pregnancy; No ultrasound,” the DOH Spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag shared on Twitter.
There have been a total of 10 new cases of the Zika virus reported by the DOH on Tuesday, including the 16-year old pregnant girl. However, the DOH did not immediately announce the validity of her pregnancy, as it had to be confirmed first by the health officials.
The first pregnant woman who was reported to be contaminated by the virus was from Cebu. Her ultrasounds show that her pregnancy is still normal at present.
“She’s okay, she’s still being monitored. She has undergone two ultrasound[s] and so far, still normal. She’s expected to give birth in January,” DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial said.
According to the DOH Spokesperson, there are 33 confirmed cases of Zika virus in the Philippines, 2 of which involve pregnant women (from Las Pinas and Cebu).
Meanwhile, according to the reports of the health agency, only four regions (Region VI, NCR, Region 4-A and Region 7) have recorded cases of Zika virus.
The DOH, alongside local government units and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), are still monitoring samples given by regions nationwide.
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