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Expert “notes” slow monkeypox spread in PH

An infectious disease expert stated on Monday that following the discovery of the second and third instances of the illness several weeks after the first, the spread of monkeypox in the nation is thought to be gradual.

On July 28, the first case—a 31-year-old Filipino who had traveled from abroad—was discovered.

The second and third cases, who tested positive for monkeypox on Thursday and Friday of last week, respectively, had just been to a nation with proven instances.

Dr. Edsel Salvaa said in a televised public briefing that monkeypox symptoms appear two to three weeks after an individual is infected and that it is less contagious than the coronavirus illness 2019 (Covid-19).

So, we anticipate that the detection of the MGO will be more accurate (the detection [of cases] is slower). We know it’s spreading, and there are some signs that it may be doing so asymptomatically, he added.

So, he continued, “we need to reinforce our protocols and to be diligent about the identification of these cases. Kinakailangan na mas paigtingin pa natin ‘yung ating mga protocols at ‘yung pag-detect ng ganitong mga kaso mas maging attentive po.”

Salvana suggested that the sluggish spread of monkeypox may be due to Filipinos’ adherence to health protocols against Covid-19, which are effective against monkeypox.

Earlier, the DOH gave the populace the reassurance that it coordinates with infectious disease specialists, dermatological associations, and other governmental organizations to address cases of monkeypox in the nation.

Salvana stated, “We’ll definitely see more cases as time goes on, but as long as we do our job and keep monitoring, there’s no guarantee that this will become endemic in the Philippines.”

Because Covid-19 “is not a new disease that is only showing some unusual traits,” he continued, “it is not a disease that is new, and the present technologies employed in detecting instances of monkeypox are more advanced than those for Covid-19.”

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