A three-year-old child is the first recorded case of zika virus infection in Pangasinan, Provincial health officer Dr. Anna Teresa de Guzman said.
De Guzman said the child is from Mangaldan town, and was brought to the Region One Medical Center Monday for flu-like symptoms.
“The child was tested with dengue but it resulted negative, and R1MC later on confirmed that it was Zika virus that got the child,” de Guzman said (http://northboundasia.com/2018/09/06/health-office-confirms-first-zika-virus-case-in-pangasinan/).
She said the child has been treated and sent home, but the zika virus likely remains in his body since it still has no cure.
“What alarms us is that the child with the virus might be bitten by an Aedes mosquito and this mosquito might transfer the Zika virus to a pregnant woman,” she added.
De Guzman said zika virus has the same symptoms as dengue but is considered milder and less deadly compared to dengue.
But zika virus can also be potentially fatal to the unborn child of pregnant women, as it can cause congenital defects to the fetus.
Zika virus is also carried by Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same type that carries dengue, chikungunya and Japanese encephalitis viruses, De Guzman added.
With the case, de Guzman reminded the public to keep their surroundings clean and dry.
This means cleaning surroundings and removing stagnant water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.