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No confirmed monkeypox cases in PH: DOH

According to the Department of Health (DOH), there have been no verified cases of monkeypox found in the Philippines yet.

Local government entities continue to send samples from “suspect cases” to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) for confirmation, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire in a Laging Handa briefing.

We don’t currently have a confirmed case of monkeypox, she said, adding, “As of today, wala naman tayong nakukumpirma sa monkeypox.”

Monkeypox outbreaks were reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in non-endemic nations in May 2022.

In 42 nations, including those where monkeypox is prevalent, 2,103 confirmed cases and one death from the virus have been reported between January and June 15, 2022.

According to the WHO, the risk is moderate globally because “this is the first time that multiple monkeypox cases and clusters are reported concurrently in many countries in widely divergent WHO geographic areas, balanced against the fact that death has remained low in the current epidemic.”

According to the most recent data, from May through June 15, 2022, more than 90% of the instances were recorded.

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