First documented case of monkeypox reported in Philippines

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The Philippines has reported its first case of the monkeypox virus, detected in a citizen who returned from overseas earlier this month, a well being ministry official stated on Friday.

The 31-year-old had recovered however was isolating at house, whereas 10 folks recognized as shut contacts together with three from the affected person’s family had been ordered to quarantine, stated Division of Well being Undersecretary Beverly Ho.

The particular person had beforehand traveled to nations with documented monkeypox circumstances, stated Ho, with out elaborating.

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Round 70 nations the place monkeypox shouldn’t be endemic have reported outbreaks of the viral illness as confirmed circumstances crossed 20,300 and the World Well being Group declared the outbreak a worldwide well being emergency.

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Tubes lablled “Monkeypox Virus” with optimistic and unfavorable outcomes pictured on this illustration taken Could 23, 2022.
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The Philippine case was confirmed optimistic on Thursday and the shut contacts had not proven any signs, Ho stated.

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Transmission can happen via contact with pores and skin lesions attributable to the virus, in addition to bodily fluids, giant respiratory droplets and contaminated bedding.

“Our (public health surveillance) systems are in place. But we all need to work together. We need also the public to be vigilant,” Ho advised a briefing.

“Based on what we know about monkeypox…there is a very clear need to be more careful about who we interact with, particularly sexual, intimate contact.”

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The well being ministry requires folks uncovered to monkeypox circumstances to quarantine for 14 to 21 days.

The president’s press secretary stated whereas monkeypox was not typically deadly, the speedy unfold of the virus was of concern.

“(President Ferdinand Marcos’) primary concern is to get the information out so that people would be aware,” stated Trixie Cruz-Angeles.

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