Benoy tested positive for monkeypox

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Ministry of Health: Do not discriminate against infected people

The The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has confirmed that a Filipino has contracted monkeypox in Singapore.

“There is one reported case of a Filipino man in Singapore who contracted monkeypox. (Philippine Embassy in) Singapore is monitoring the case,” Ma. State Department spokeswoman Teresita Daza said Saturday night.

Singapore’s Ministry of Health said the case of a 31-year-old man tested positive for monkeypox on July 25.

He developed a fever on July 21, then developed a rash on his face and in the area around the anus that spread to other parts of his body.

The Ministry of Health said he sought medical care at Singapore General Hospital on July 24 and was admitted on the same day.

The Ministry of Health said in a bulletin dated July 25 that the patient’s condition is stable. Likewise, it is not linked to any of the monkeypox cases reported earlier in Singapore.

Health Under Secretary Beverly Ho revealed during the “Laging Handa” public briefing in Malacañang on Friday the country’s first case of monkeypox – a 31-year-old Filipino who returned from a foreign trip on July 19 and tested positive for the virus. Reverse Transcriptase – Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay July 28th.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said monkeypox virus is caused by monkeypox virus, which is a member of the genus Corticoviruses in the family Poxviridae. It is usually a self-limiting disease and symptoms last from two to four weeks.

“It is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or with material contaminated with the virus. It can be transmitted from person to person by close contact with pests, body fluids, respiratory droplets, and contaminated items such as bedding,” the World Health Organization said.

Ministry of Health: Do not discriminate against infected people

Meanwhile, a Health Ministry official urged the public to avoid discriminating against patients with monkeypox.

Eric Tayag, Director of the Department of Health, said that it is wrong to discriminate against patients with monkeypox, even when he noted that the WHO Director-General’s call is directed at those at risk to avoid multiple partners, especially if they come from countries. Where cases have been reported.

“We really avoid stigmatization and discrimination against them because this is wrong. The appeal of the Director-General of the World Health Organization is to reduce the number of their multiple partners, especially if they come from countries that have been reported,” he said.

The World Health Organization has explained that anyone, regardless of age or gender, can get monkeypox because the disease is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, respiratory droplets, and contact with anything contaminated with monkeypox virus.

However, the WHO acknowledged that many of the cases reported in this outbreak were identified among men who have sex with men. Given that the virus is currently transmitted from person to person in these social networks, MSM may currently be at greater risk of exposure if they have been in close contact with an infectious person.

But the World Health Organization has also acknowledged that one reason for more reports of monkeypox cases in MSM communities may be due to the positive health-seeking behavior of this population.

On Friday, the Ministry of Health announced that the country had recorded its first case of monkeypox.

According to Taj, the patient was 31 years old and had a history of traveling abroad.

The patient arrived in the Philippines on July 19 and tested positive for monkeypox on July 28.

The 10 people who were in close contact with the patient showed no symptoms.

Meanwhile, Tayag said the disease is undetectable at the country’s ports of entry as monkeypox can appear three weeks after infection.

“The best thing about us is surveillance. That means, our fellow citizens, it shouldn’t be hidden. You have to report it… If you don’t report it, it will spread. We don’t know. Besides, this is basically because it is time for us to get a vaccine.” or not “.

The first symptoms of monkeypox are fever, headache, muscle aches, and back pain within a five-day period.

Later rashes appear on the face, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet, followed by lesions, spots, and finally crusts.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization confirmed that it would support the Ministry of Health as the Philippines discovered its first case of monkeypox.

The WHO official in the Philippines, Dr. Graham Harrison, said the organization will continue to work with the Department of Health to provide support in implementing national policies and plans.

“As we do with all disease outbreaks, WHO has been and will continue to work closely with the Department of Health to provide technical advice to support the development and implementation of national policies, strategies and plans,” Harrison said in a statement released Friday.

He added, “The Ministry of Health has been proactive in preparing, preventing and responding to monkeypox, and we will continue our support as the situation evolves.”

Earlier, the World Health Organization declared the monkeypox outbreak, which has infected nearly 16,000 people in 72 countries, a global health emergency – the loudest alarm it could set.

Monkeypox has affected more than 15,800 people in 72 countries, according to a count from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published July 20.

Since early May, an increase in monkeypox infections has been reported outside West and Central African countries where the disease has long been endemic.

“If you think you may have monkeypox, we encourage you to seek medical advice. We at WHO want to highlight that monkeypox can affect anyone, but everyone can help reduce transmission,” Harrison said. “.

The Department of Health said discussions with the US government to secure monkeypox vaccines are still ongoing.

She added that only a select group of the population will have to be vaccinated. Written by Lee Ann B. Duquesne and the Palestinian National Authority

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