In a follow-up on the Zika virus situation in the Philippines, health officials report an additional half-dozen confirmed cases, bringing the country total to 39 through Nov. 22, according to a Manila Standard report.


Included in the new cases is a five-month pregnant woman from Binan, Laguna, the third pregnant woman testing positive for the virus this year.

The women are all being monitored, and according to Department of Health spokesperson Dr Eric Tayag, that they would have to monitor their babies from the time they were born up to two years due to the potential for birth defects linked to Zika virus.

All the pregnant patients were infected with Zika after their first trimester period.

Zika has been detected in people from the following cities: Bacoor, Antipolo, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Quezon, Makati, Caloocan, and Manila, Cebu City, Iloilo City and Mandaluyong City.