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With Covid-19 procedures, monkeypox can be avoided.

Even though no cases of monkeypox have been reported in the nation to now, a medical specialist suggested continuing Covid-19 health precautions in case they can stop the virus from spreading to Europe and Africa as it is currently doing.

Dr. Edsel Salvana, an expert in infectious diseases, stated on Tuesday that wearing masks and other health precautions, such as frequent hand washing, can help prevent the spread and infection of the monkeypox virus.

Salvana said that the illness spreads less readily than Covid-19.

Iyong mga ginagawa natin against Covid-19 will actually also work for monkeypox, bagama’t may nakikita nga taong pag-akyat ng mga kaso over the world. Although there has been an increase in cases worldwide, the measures we are taking to stop the spread of Covid-19 will also work to stop the spread of monkeypox. Iyong paggamit natin ng mask dahil may droplet transmission din iyan, hugas po tayo ng kamay, and of course, always be careful. Salvana stated during the “Laging Handa” public briefing, “Wear masks because of droplet transmission, let’s wash our hands, and of course, always be careful, especially against those who came from locations that have already recorded monkeypox cases).

Salvana urged seeking medical attention if any symptoms appeared, especially vesicles, rashes, or blisters that seemed to be filled with fluid similar to chickenpox.

Salvana said that research on monkeypox has been done by the government through the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

They are also considering commercial monkeypox testing kits that the government can buy as needed.

Lastly, Salvana said, “if we can also acquire smallpox vaccines which we know are also effective against monkeypox (if we can procure smallpox vaccines which we know are also effective against monkeypox).”

Salvana claimed that there is little evidence that mass vaccination campaigns are necessary, particularly since monkeypox can only spread when there are symptoms present, unlike Covid-19, which can spread asymptomatically.

The monkeypox, he said, “may also be prevented by these precautions, so it’s extremely important we just stay to the strategy for Covid-19, and at the same time, we already have the tests that can be used to detect monkeypox.”

The virus is not yet regarded as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, as the World Health Organization (WHO) Meeting of the International Health Regulations regarding the multi-country monkeypox outbreak started on June 23.

The majority of the infected gay, bisexual, and other males who have sex with men in urban areas and are clustered in social and sexual networks have intercourse with men, according to the WHO report, which stated that since May, about 3,040 cases have been documented in 47 countries.

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