Filipino positive for monkeypox in Singapore

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Singapore confirmed that a Filipino in the city-state has recently tested for monkeypox.
A person with monkeypox. A Filipino in Singapore has recently tested for monkeypox. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

A 31-year-old Filipino is one of Singapore’s confirmed cases of monkeypox, while another back home in the Philippines is recovering from the country’s first case of the virus according to the Department of Health (DOH).

In a case update by Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) on July 25, the 31-year-old male patient is currently said to be in a stable condition.

“He developed fever on July 21, and subsequently rashes on his face and at his perianal region with further spread to other parts of his body,” the ministry said.

The patient was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on July 24 and contact tracing is currently ongoing, according to MOH.

Meanwhile, the Philippines’ first case of monkeypox, a 31-year-old returning overseas Filipino patient, is currently recovering well and is isolated at home to recover according to DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire.

Pinapagaling na lang ang kanyang rashes sa katawan (Just waiting for the rashes on the body to heal),” she said adding that 10 identified contacts of the patient are also being monitored daily.

“The 21-day isolation [period] must be completed and all the symptoms must be resolved before the patient could be allowed to go out again,” the official said.

In a briefing on Monday, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. assured that monkeypox is not as scary as COVID-19.

“Even then I want to be very clear to everyone this is not COVID. Hindi kagaya ng COVID ito (This is not like COVID). Hindi nakakatakot kagaya ng COVID yung monkeypox parang smallpox (Monkeypox is not as fearsome as COVID, it’s just like smallpox),” Marcos said.

Monkeypox is less transmissible than COVID-19 but still remains a threat as over 22,000 cases have been recorded worldwide according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Public health officials, meanwhile, continue to remind the public to follow minimum public health standards as it’s also effective against monkeypox.

According to health authorities, monkeypox can spread through contact with body fluids, sores, or items such as clothing and bedding contaminated with the virus. Person-to-person transmission may also happen through respiratory droplets.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her on Twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings.

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