Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial on Monday said three new Zika cases have been confirmed and one of the patients is a pregnant woman.
This brings the number of Zika cases to 12.
Ubial however said there is no reason for the public to panic.
“We believe that there is local transmission but it is not widespread,” she stressed.
All of the previous patients have recovered.
The DOH chief said a patient from Cebu, a 22-year-old woman, was 19 weeks pregnant.
However, an ultrasound showed no fetal abnormalities particularly in the child’s central nervous system, Ubial said. The DOH will monitor the woman throughout her pregnancy.
The Zika virus causes microcephaly in babies. World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative Gundo Weiler said there is a higher risk if a woman got infected during the early stages of her pregnancy.
Despite the rising cases, the DOH said it will not recommend travel bans in areas with confirmed Zika cases.
“We report only three regions with cases—region seven, region six, and NCR (National Capital Region),” Ubial said. She urged the public to be cautious and destroy breeding areas of mosquitoes.