ILOILO CITY: The 45-year-old woman afflicted by the Zika virus is reportedly recovering from a week-long fever and being kept isolated, according to village officials in Barangay Benedicto in Jaro district here.
The unnamed victim who is married with children but not pregnant tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika.
She was the first victim to be afflicted by the virus recorded this year, and the sixth case registered in the country since 2012, according to Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag.
The City Health and village officials continued to be puzzled as to how the victim was afflicted by the virus since she has not traveled to any Zika-afflicted countries in the past two years.
The woman tested positive for the Zika virus in both urine and blood samples after she was observed to have developed skin rashes and complained of joint pains but without fever.
Barangay Benedicto where the victim and her family reside is a middle-income village.
A surveillance team from the DOH in Manila with experts from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine was expected to arrive here on Tuesday afternoon to assess the reported Zika victim.
Meanwhile, city health officer Bernard Caspe said they have requested additional funds to purchase additional larvicide to be given to 180 barangay (villages) here in the fight against disease-carrying mosquitoes particularly Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus that thrive in stagnant water.
As of August 31, 2016, dengue fever cases were reported at 708 with three deaths in the villages of Ingore in La Paz District, Balabago in Jaro and Calumpang in Molo.
For the same period in 2015, dengue cases reached 295 with no deaths.
The health officials reminded pregnant women about the risk of getting infected with the Zika virus, which is linked to severe brain and other neurological birth defects including microcephaly, a rare condition that results in babies born with small heads.