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DOH confirms first case of monkeypox in PH

The Department of Health (DOH) detected the first confirmed case of monkeypox in the Philippines on Friday.

According to DOH’s Beverly Ho in a press briefing of Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles, the case is a 31-year-old Filipino national who arrived from abroad last July 19. DOH added that the case had prior travel to countries with documented monkeypox cases.

Ho said the case was confirmed positive for monkeypox through a reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) performed at the DOH Research and Institute for Tropical Medicine on July 28.

“The case has been discharged well, undergoing strict isolation and monitoring at home,” Ho stated.

The DOH has declared the investigation revolving around the case complete, identifying and monitoring ten close contacts, with three belonging to the same household. Ho added that the current close contacts are not exhibiting any symptoms and are undergoing quarantine.

“The DOH assures everyone that our public health surveillance systems are able to detect and confirm monkeypox cases.”

SOURCE: Office of the Press Secretary

Related: Monkeypox FAQ: How is it transmitted? Where did it come from? What are the symptoms? Does smallpox vaccine prevent it?


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