DOH: No complications in Zika-infected pregnant woman

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 26 2016 07:19 PM

MANILA-- No complications have been recorded in the case of a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus, a Department of Health (DOH) official said Monday.

DOH spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag told ABS-CBN News that the initial results of the pregnant woman's ultrasound scan showed no signs of abnormality but they are closely monitoring the case.

"The initial results of the ultrasound does not detect any abnormalities at this time so we are going to monitor her progress for the entire duration of her pregnancy and we hope that there will be no complications," Tayag said. 

He also said her case was already reported last week but the DOH did not disclose her pregnancy until now.

At present, there are a total of 12 reported Zika virus cases, 10 from Iloilo and one each from Cebu and Muntinlupa.

Of the 12 cases, eight are female while the age of Zika patients range from nine years old to 55 years old.

Tayag said they are monitoring high-risk areas such as those with increasing number of reported dengue cases.

The DOH is also urging hospitals and clinics to report cases of patients with rashes.

Zika, which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has been linked to a rise in birth defects in other countries, where pregnant women infected with the virus give birth to babies with abnormally small heads.