DOH confirms 3rd Zika case documented in PHL

By , on May 3, 2016


“It’s the second exported case and the third confirmed case. So we have one in Cebu, and the other one is an American,” said DOH Secretary Janette Garin (right) in an interview with reporters.  (Photo: DOH's website)
“It’s the second exported case and the third confirmed case. So we have one in Cebu, and the other one is an American,” said DOH Secretary Janette Garin (right) in an interview with reporters.
(Photo: DOH’s website)

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Monday that the 20-year-old Korean, who was reported to be infected with Zika virus after taking a vacation in a tourist spot in the Philippines, is the country’s third case documented so far.

DOH Secretary Janette L. Garin said the Korean national belongs to the “second exported case” category.

“It’s the second exported case and the third confirmed case. So we have one in Cebu (15-year old male in 2012 with no travel history to Zika-infected countries), and the other one is an American,” said Garin in an interview with reporters.

The American was confirmed positive with Zika virus after staying four weeks in the country on January of this year.

Despite the admission, Garin said there is no room for “panic” as all of the documented Zika infections in the country were all assessed as “self-limiting”, or mild and therefore should not be a cause for fear while at the same time should not be complacent about it.

She further said that since the Zika virus infection acquired in the country was categorized as self-limiting, the man was already healed from all the symptoms or had been healed already.

Zika infection, which is caused by Zika virus, is characterized by fever, rash, and conjunctivitis, joint pain, muscle pain, headache, and vomiting.

It was disclosed that the American patient, together with his sibling, had a vacation in a tourist destination in the Philippines on April 10 to 14, and exhibited symptoms of the disease few days later.

The young man manifested colds on April 20, followed by rashes on April 22, and fever, sore throat and muscle pain on April 26.

“The virus was seen in his urine samples on April 27 and the case was reported to the DOH on April 28,” the DOH chief said.

She said the patient disclosed that there were only two countries that he went through prior to the detection of the Zika virus infection – Philippines and Korea.

While Zika virus-carrying mosquitoes, aedes aegypti, have always been present in the Philippines, experts said there is no such type of mosquito or a counterpart in Korea and therefore the possibility that it was acquired in the country has more weight to believe for the purpose of documentation.

Zika cases are being documented and reported as part of the monitoring of the cases reported.

“All of them (those that were tested) turned out well,” Garin said, noting that the kind of infection which has been documented in the Philippines was “relative only but not exactly the same” as the one in other countries, particularly in Brazil.

Meanwhile, the DOH official is hopeful that tourism in the country will not be affected and will not be a cause for tourists to be discouraged from coming here as she assured that the virus contracted by the patient is not a serious type and does not even require hospitalization at all.

She further said that the confirmed case just support earlier assumption that Zika is really in the Philippines since the carrier – Aedes Aegypty, is also present here.

“But it’s not the type that causes microcephaly or Guillain-Barré Syndrome,” she stressed.

Garin said the DOH continues with its aggressive testing of patients for Zika infection.

Aside from the 800 individuals tested in the Philippines after an American national was reported by US Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, she said that more than 600 additional patients were tested in the country recently to allay fears and prove that the virus was self-limiting.

“All the testing yielded negative results,” she added.

The testing kits were all provided by the US CDC upon the request of the Philippine government through the DOH.

She said that with the presence of mosquitoes that have the capabilities to transmit zika, dengue, chikungunya, and other diseases that can be brought by mosquito bites, the aggressive campaign on cleanliness, strategies in the prevention or proliferation of mosquitoes, and preventive mechanism should not be forgotten and always be remembered at practice at all times.

Under the 4S campaign of DOH, they are emphasizing Searching and destroying mosquito breeding places, using of Self-protection measures, Seeking early consultation for fever lasting more than two days, and Saying yes to fogging when there is an impending outbreak.

  • Avery_23

    Did Morales forgot her recent decision before she left the Supreme Court? Why did she reasserted the “doctrine of condonation” as to elective officials when she was still a member of the Supreme Court yet now, conveniently urged the Supreme Court to revisit the time honored doctrine (60 years)? For convenience?

    Are you saying that the Supreme Court was consistently wrong in a string of several cases for 60 years reiterating the said doctrine and you are the only one correct Sereno? Are you saying that Capio-Morales was also wrong considering that the decision penned by Carpio-Morales was decided by a “court en banc”?

    “As for San Pedro, his administrative liability was rendered moot and academic owing to his reelection in the same position in 2010,” she said, referring to a Supreme Court doctrine that condones the administrative liability of an elected public official for a past offense once that official is reelected for a fresh term.

    Kaya pala! (No wonder!)

    Proof that N0ytard is condoning corruption:

    wwwabs-cbnnewscom/video/nation/10/23/15/pnoy-defends-govt-workers-bribery-corruption-issues

    Kaya pala inignore yung complaint ko against the FDA, DOH, etc. He is condoning the corrupt practices of government employees! Doesn’t N0ytard know that those government employees are extorting money from the public? If we do not give, they won’t give us a permit, just like what happened to me! And I reported it to ombitchwoman and she dismissed the case.

    Once more N0ytard blames the victims:

    pinoytrendingnews***net/i-feel-sorry-for-the-airport-security-personnel-wrongly-embroiled-on-the-tanim-bala-issue-pnoy/

    philsta***com/metro/2015/11/24/1525267/noy-tanim-bala-just-3-34-m-travelers

    Blaming the victims once more and I thought he was anti-corruption? Isn’t one incident, one too many?

    Even MARnanakaw admits that there’s massive corruption: philstar***com/police-metro/2015/11/27/1526400/mar-inamin-na-bigo-ang-daang-matuwid

    www***philstar***com/headlines/2015/12/10/1531041/noy-fight-vs-corruption-it-takes-two-tango Uh0oh! Fault of the victims again.

    “Abaya should be held liable as he signed the supposedly anomalous contract.” newsinfo***inquirer***net/745198/poe-disappointed-as-ombudsman-spares-abaya-in-graft-charges

    P3.8-B MRT deal awarded without public bidding done by pAbaya!!! N0ytard approved.

    www***philstar***com/headlines/2015/12/26/1536377/p3.8-b-mrt-deal-awarded-without-public-bidding

    globalnation****inquirer****net/75849/france-blacklists-philippines-16-other-countries-for-handling-foreign-aid

    Napoles insists Abad ‘tutored’ her on fund scam, says she gave to campaigns of Chiz, Alan, Villar interaksyoncom/article/87674/napoles-insists-abad-tutored-her-on-fund-scam-says-she-gave-to-campaigns-of-chiz-alan-villar

    Philippine Politics has been listed as second most profitable business in Asia, beating giant companies like Toyota Motors, Samsung, Keppel, and even its own San Miguel and Ayala Corporation according to a study published by Money Magazine in 2014. kahimyang***info/kauswagan/general-blogs/1743/study-says-philippine-politics-is-one-of-the-most-profitable-businesses-in-asia

  • Avery_23

    I am against corruption that’s why I am against corrupt ombytchwoman cunntcheater capro moralLess!

    Carpio-Morales is a corrupt ombudsman, neglecting her job in order to advance the interest of the Liberal Party of the Philippines. Erineo “Ayong,” Maliksi, a Liberal Party member’s graft and corruption case was dismissed by the court due to “inordinate delays” by Carpio-Morales even though the court found “reasonable ground to believe that an offense has been committed.”. “’Suffice it to state that based on obtaining facts, there is reasonable ground to believe that an offense has been committed. Be that as it may, however, it behooves the Court to state that the other ground of inordinate delay … is an overriding consideration…’ the court said in its resolution”. “The court also noted that the Ombudsman only released the joint resolution finding probable cause July 8, 2014, four years after the consolidation of the three cases. The resolution did not even include the third PCSO complaint, the court said. ” newsinfo**Inquirer**Net/673013/govt-seeks-reinstatement-of-case-vs-maliksi

    newsinfo**inquirer**net/670067/graft-rap-vs-ex-cavite-governor-dismissed-over-ombudsmans-inordinate-delay

    And another one: www***mb***com***ph/sandiganbayan-dismisses-graft-charges-vs-bohol-solon-governor/ “Since it took 15 years for Office of the Ombudsman to file charges, the Sandiganbayan First Division has dismissed due to inordinate delay the graft case against Bohol Rep. Rene Relampagos, Gov. Edgardo Chatto and their co-accused in connection with the undervalued sale of the province’s water and electric utilities.

    newsinfo***inquirer***net/758240/court-junks-p627-m-graft-case-vs-gov-after-long-delay “Court junks P627-M graft case vs gov after long delay”

    2. Why do you praise ombytchwoman Cunntcheater corruptbytch when she hasn’t won a single big case against the corrupt like GMA, in fact only not guilty verdicts are out?

    3. I filed a case against the FDA with overwhelming evidence and I lost!WTF!!!!

    Ang alam ko number 1 corrupt si ombytchwoman as she was entrusted with the power to counter corruption yet she condones corruption!

    The FDA is extremely corrupt. List of people at the FDA and DOH who are corrupt: Atty Romela Devera, Sec. Garin, Dr. Miriam Sales, Atty. Lutero III, Jesusa Cirunay, Dr. Peter Glenn Chua, Agnette Peralta, MArivic Paulino, Atty. Jasper Lascano and Atty. Emilio Polig and former employees: Sec. Ona, FDA chief Suzette Lazo, FDA chief Kenneth Hartigan-Go (and now undersecretary of Health)! are extremely corrupt!

    Wicked_Lia(r) said, ” mukhang kilala mo ang mga tao sa FDA aH!

    nakakatransaksyones mo ba?

    lahat naman ng ahensya may mga BULOK……..”

    Yan na! Inamin ng corrupt silang mga N0ytard at MARnanakaw!

    Why hasn’t Ombytchwoman Cunntcheater Capro MoralLess Corruptbytch held Purusama in contempt of court by violating the suspension order on him? Corrupt much?

    How come Ombytchwoman Cunntcheater Capro MoralLess Corruptbytch hasn’t filed charges against anyone in the North Rail project scandal? Corrupt much? wwwmbcomph/what-happened-to-northrail/

    For the information of the bloggers:

    Read Atty Salumbides et al vs. Ombudsman, G.R. no. 180917 promulgated by the Supreme Court on April 23, 2010.” This is one of the last decisions written by former Justice Carpio-Morales now, the Ombudsman herself. While the petitioners prayer for the extension of the “doctrine of condonation” was rejected because it can only be available to elective officials, Carpio-Morales asserted the doctrine of condonation and cited several cases to wit:

    “More than 60 years ago, the Court in Pascual v. Hon. Provincial Board of Nueva Ecija17c?a issued the landmark ruling that prohibits the disciplining of an elective official for a wrongful act committed during his immediately preceding term of office. The Court explained that “[t]he underlying theory is that each term is separate from other terms, and that the reelection to office operates as a condonation of the officer’s previous misconduct to the extent of cutting off the right to remove him therefor.”18c?a

    The Court should never remove a public officer for acts done prior to his present term of office. To do otherwise would be to deprive the people of their right to elect their officers. When the people elect[e]d a man to office, it must be assumed that they did this with knowledge of his life and character, and that they disregarded or forgave his faults or misconduct, if he had been guilty of any. It is not for the court, by reason of such faults or misconduct[,] to practically overrule the will of the people.19c?a

    Lizares v. Hechanova, et al.20c?a replicated the doctrine. The Court dismissed the petition in that case for being moot, the therein petitioner “having been duly reelected, is no longer amenable to administrative sanctions.”21c?a

    Ingco v. Sanchez, et al.22c?a clarified that the condonation doctrine does not apply to a criminal case.23c?a Luciano v. The Provincial Governor, et al.,24c?a Olivarez v. Judge Villaluz,25c?a and Aguinaldo v. Santos26echoed the qualified rule that reelection of a public official does not bar prosecution for crimes committed by him prior thereto.

    Consistently, the Court has reiterated the doctrine in a string of recent jurisprudence including two cases involving a Senator and a Member of the House of Representatives.27c?a

    Salalima v. Guingona, Jr.28c?a and Mayor Garcia v. Hon. Mojica29reinforced the doctrine. The condonation rule was applied even if the administrative complaint was not filed before the reelection of the public official, and even if the alleged misconduct occurred four days before the elections, respectively. Salalima did not distinguish as to the date of filing of the administrative complaint, as long as the alleged misconduct was committed during the prior term, the precise timing or period of which Garcia did not further distinguish, as long as the wrongdoing that gave rise to the public

    official’s culpability was committed prior to the date of reelection.” (end of quote)

  • Avery_23

    Corrupt rin yang Potang Garin!