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PH detects 2 new monkeypox cases

August 19, 2022 - Friday 6:08 PM by Ryan Louis Mantilla

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The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed two more monkeypox cases in the country, bringing the total number of infections to three.  

DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire confirmed through a press briefing that the two new cases are aged 34 and 29, with recent travel histories to countries with a known monkeypox case.

In compliance with the laws on data privacy and notifiable diseases, the DOH officer-in-charge refused to provide further details of the patients, including their gender and whereabouts. 

"To comply with the laws on notifiable diseases and data privacy, we cannot release any other details beyond what has been mentioned this time," said Vergeire.

The 29-year-old patient is still in a healthcare facility, while the 34-year-old is in home isolation.

The contact tracing is still ongoing, with at least 17 close contacts recorded. "We are verifying the current health and quarantine status of the close contacts," Vergeire confirmed.

The first recorded case in the country was of a 31-year-old patient who had previously traveled to a country with an active monkeypox case.

The first monkeypox patient was discharged from isolation on August 6. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) on July 23 declared monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. This is because the virus could be transmitted to humans by animals. First discovered in 1958, the source of the virus is still unknown.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African rodents and other animals may carry the virus. Additionally, the Mayo Clinic stated that monkeypox is a "rare disease," and it usually affects rodents and nonhuman primates, but it could also affect humans.