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Philippine church leaders call for anti-Zika measures

At least 12 cases have been reported in recent weeks

Updated: October 06, 2016 08:18 AM GMT
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Philippine church officials have called for "necessary precautionary measures" to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, cases of which have been reported in several provinces.

Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, director of Caritas Philippines, said the best way to combat the virus is to take "extra care and prevention."

"There is no safe place we can hide," said the bishop.

Father Dan Vicente Cancino, executive secretary of the Commission on Health Care of the bishops' conference, called on parishes to lead an awareness campaign about the virus.

The priest said the best cure to avoid the virus is for the community to be actively involved in the campaign. 

The Philippine Health department, meanwhile, announced it will not recommend a travel ban to affected areas of the country because the virus-carrying mosquito is endemic in the Philippines.

At least 12 cases of Zika virus infection have been reported in recent weeks.  

The World Health Organization has classified the Philippines as Zika virus Category 2, which means possible endemic transmission or evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections. 

Zika is a flu-like illness that is suspected to cause brain deformities and other birth defects in newborn children.

 

 

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