The health department of the Philippines disclosed that the country is currently monitoring 12 new cases of Zika virus infection.

The latest addition in the list of infected persons was a 22-year-old pregnant woman from Cebu province.

Zika virus, proliferated through Aedes aegypti mosquitos, posts dangers to new born babies.

From South America, Zika has infected several countries including the U.S. In Asia, it was first reported in Singapore.

Doctors and health specialists fear that the number of cases could rise significantly.

Women are generally prone to Zika virus infection than the men. In the Philippines, almost 90 percent of the reported victims are women.

The age range varies, but recent reports confirmed that any woman who is pregnant has a chance of getting infected by Zika. Infected pregnant women could result to a microcephaly disorder to the newborn child.

The health department of the Philippines said they are taking proper measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

There is no vaccine for the disease yet. To prevent infection, it is recommended that people must use repellant to prevent Aedes aegypti mosquitos.

People infected with Zika are also advised to prevent from sexual contact as the virus could be transmitted through sexual activities.