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2 Zika victims in Cavite placed under surveillance after discharge

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite – The two Zika victims in Bacoor City, this province, have been identified and are now under surveillance.

The Bacoor Health Office confirmed that the Zika patients – a boy and an adult female – have been discharged from the hospital and that they are closely monitored.

Dr. Ivy Yrastorza, local health officer, withheld the identities of the two Zika victims for the meantime as advised by the Department of Health Region 4-A.

She said in a report to Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla that a meeting with provincial health officers and other concerned officials was set during the day to discuss measures and actions against Zika in the city.

Yrastorza said that she would call a barangay assembly soon and discuss measures that would have to be implemented against Zika in Bacoor.

In her report to the mayor, Yrastorza recommended measures and actions, including a clean-up drive to counter Zika.

It was the first time that Zika cases were reported in Bacoor, the so-called gateway of Cavite to and from southern Metro Manila.

The provincial government of Cavite declared a dengue outbreak in 2015 and a Chikungunya outbreak was also declared in Indang last September 30.

There were no Zika cases reported in the province until this month. (Anthony Giron)