DoH not ruling out monkeypox transmission

The Department of Health (DoH) on Tuesday said it is not ruling out that there is now a local transmission of monkeypox in the country.

In a media briefing, Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire was asked if there is already a local transmission of monkeypox in the country, following the detection of the fourth monkeypox case with no documented travel history to countries with documented confirmed cases of monkeypox.

“First of all, we cannot rule out local transmission, but we cannot confirm yet,” Vergeire said during the press conference at the PinasLakas launch in Pasig City.

“But for now, we cannot confirm (it) yet with certainty that it is a local case that was infected by another local case… That’s why we said we are still trying to trace back and verify information so that we can establish the source of infection,” she said.

She defined the local transmission as when a local case was infected by another local case with no travel history abroad.

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