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DFA checking report Filipino got Zika virus in Honduras

/ 10:54 PM February 02, 2016

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila is looking into the report that a Filipino contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Honduras.

“We have not received a report from the post that confirms this report,” Assistant Secretary Charles Jose, spokesperson for the DFA, said in a text message.

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Philippine health authorities are likewise validating the report that one of those infected by the virus in the country in the Caribbean is a Filipina.

The World Health Organization earlier declared a global emergency over the spread of the Zika virus in Latin America and its suspected link to the surge of babies born with microcephaly, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development. SFM/IDL

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