Palace: Monkeypox situation under control

Malacañang has assured the public that the Department of Health is ready to avert further spread of the dreaded monkeypox following the recent detection of two new local cases of the virus.

“The Department of Health has ensured our readiness for monkeypox after the confirmation of two more cases of the disease,” Press Secretary Trixie Cruz Angeles wrote in a social media post on Friday evening.

On Friday, the DoH announced that two more individuals have tested positive for monkeypox, bringing the country’s total case count to three.

Authorities said the second case is a 34-year-old Filipino national, while the third is a 29-year-old Filipino — both presently under strict isolation.

Both of them have traveled to a country with confirmed cases.

The DoH is conducting contract tracing for both cases.

Cases not connected

The agency did not disclose further details about the patients but noted that the two confirmed cases are not related to each other or to the first case.

The first local case of monkeypox has already recovered and has been discharged from isolation, according to the Health department.

Citing the explanation of DoH officer in charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, Angeles said monkeypox could spread through skin-to-skin contact with an infected individual.

She emphasized that monkeypox is different from Covid-19 which can be spread through the air.

“Undersecretary Vergeire also reminded us to continue observing health protocols to protect ourselves against the Covid-19 and monkeypox virus,” Angeles said.

Based on the results of an investigation of recent cases in non-endemic countries, monkeypox could be transmitted through sexual contact.

The DoH advised the public to avoid skin-to-skin contact with suspected cases, especially those with rashes or open wounds.

“The DoH wishes to emphasize that anyone may get monkeypox. Keep hands clean. Wear a mask. Cover coughs using the elbow, and choose areas with good airflow,” the agency advised the public.

Travelers from countries with monkeypox cases were asked to seek immediate medical attention if they exhibit symptoms, such as fever, lymphadenopathy or kulani and rashes.

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