06 Mar '16, 10am

US woman infected with #Zika while visiting Philippines

US woman infected with #Zika while visiting Philippines

MANILA: An American woman was infected with the Zika virus while visiting the Philippines, health department officials said Sunday (Mar 6), the first case detected in the country for several years. Health Secretary Janette Garin said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) had informed her that a US resident who stayed in the Philippines for four weeks in January had apparently developed symptoms in her last week before returning to America. "We were informed that shortly after returning home to the US, an evidence of Zika virus infection was detected from the patient," Garin said in a statement. "Currently, we are coordinating with US-CDC for the profile of the patient, including information on places she visited in the Philippines," Garin said without giving details of the patient. Health department officials said they still had no clue how the America...

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