DOH is talking about isolating the patient
DOH is talking about isolating the patient

DOH is talking about isolating the patient

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Update of the Philippines’ first case of monkeypox according to the Ministry of Health

Philippine first monkey case – The Department of Health (DOH) has reported isolating the first patient with monkeypox in PH.

Countries around the world are now fighting not only against the spread of COVID-19 but also against the introduction or spread of monkeypox, another disease that the World Health Organization recently declared a global health emergency.

A few days ago, the Department of Health confirmed the first case of monkeypox in the Philippines. According to the Ministry of Health, the patient is 31 years old and comes from countries with cases of the disease. Based on a report by ABS-CBN News, the patient is scheduled to end his isolation period today, August 6, 2022.

According to the DOH, once doctors agree, the patient can again interact with other people. Regarding close contact, the Department of Health said they are all in isolation.

Monkeypox virus – what are the signs and symptoms?

Here are some things to know about the monkeypox virus. Check out below!

Monkeypox virus – These are the signs and symptoms of monkeypox virus and other things to know about this virus.

The COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet, but many countries are now facing another type of virus, an intermittent disease. It is called monkeypox, a cousin of smallpox.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two people from Nigeria traveled to the United States and were diagnosed with this rare disease. Last Wednesday in Massachusetts, a patient with monkeypox was hospitalized.

This type of virus can be found mainly in West and Central Africa, but cases have already been recorded in Europe and the United Kingdom. These cases are associated with international travel or imported animals infected with the virus.

Recently, other countries that have registered a case are Spain with seven confirmed cases in Madrid, one in Italy, and 17 suspected cases in Montreal.

The CDC said that the incubation period is seven to 14 days, and usually the symptoms that can appear on an infected person are fever, chills, fatigue, headache, and muscle weakness. These are flu-like symptoms, and they also come with swollen lymph nodes.

There will also be a rash on the face and body. The rash may also appear inside the mouth, on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. No specific treatment is available yet. Monkeypox spreads through close contact.

Infection after exposure may result in “broken skin, mucous membranes, respiratory droplets, infected body fluids or even contact with contaminated linen” according to Neil Mabbot, Personal Chair in Immunopathology at the University of Edinburgh Veterinary School in Scotland.

It can also be transmitted through droplets. African rodents are suspected of playing a large role in the spread of this virus but the main vector remains unknown.

The Philippines has not yet recorded a single case of this virus, and amid the threats, the authorities are ramping up checks at the border.

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