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PH DOH finds two additional instances of monkeypox.

On Friday, the Department of Health (DOH) announced the discovery of two additional monkeypox cases in the nation. Both of these cases are currently being treated in isolation, bringing the nation’s total number of instances of the illness to three.

Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, a DOH officer in charge, stated in a video briefing that the second case included a 34-year-old who had recently been to nations with proven cases and whose positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result for monkeypox was made public on Thursday.

Vergeire stated that contact tracing is now taking place while the person is being isolated at home.

The third instance, according to her, included a 29-year-old with a history of travel to a nation with reported cases who received a positive PCR test result on Friday.

There are currently 17 close contacts that have been found for the person and are being verified while contact tracing is ongoing. The person is isolated in a medical institution.

We are unable to disclose any additional information at this time due to legislation governing notifiable diseases and data protection, the spokesperson stated.

On the other side, the nation’s first documented case of monkeypox has now been determined to be healthy and was released from isolation on August 6.

She claimed that all 10 of this person’s close contacts were asymptomatic at the time of the final assessment. Therefore, they all successfully completed quarantine and did not undergo laboratory confirmation testing.

Vergeire reminded the populace that while monkeypox constitutes a health danger, it is preventable by adhering to the bare minimum of public health regulations.

“Let’s always be cautious, always be informed so that we know how to avoid these diseases,” she said. “Lagi po tayong maging mapag-matiyag, lagi po tayong maging aware para alam natin para maiwasan ang mga sakit na ito.”

The first case of monkeypox to be reported in the nation was a 31-year-old Filipino national who arrived on July 19 and had previously traveled to nations having confirmed instances of monkeypox.

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes monkeypox as a rare virus-based illness that has symptoms similar to smallpox but is less contagious and results in a milder illness.

In contrast to Covid-19, which travels primarily through the air, monkeypox is primarily disseminated by skin-to-skin contact with those who have rashes or open lesions. Investigation of recent instances of monkeypox in non-endemic nations reveals the possibility of sexual contact-based transmission.

The DOH advises staying in locations with sufficient airflow, keeping hands clean, donning a face mask, concealing coughs with the elbow, and avoiding skin-to-skin contact with suspected cases, particularly those with rashes or open wounds.

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