Visitors from countries with monkeypox cases advised to isolate

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This 1997 image provided by CDC, shows the right arm and torso of a patient, whose skin displayed a number of lesions due to what had been an active case of monkeypox.  As more cases of monkeypox are detected in Europe and North America in 2022, some scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks in Africa say they are baffled by the unusual disease's spread in developed countries.  (CDC via AP)
This 1997 image provided by CDC, shows the right arm and torso of a patient, whose skin displayed a number of lesions due to what had been an active case of monkeypox. As more cases of monkeypox are detected in Europe and North America in 2022, some scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks in Africa say they are baffled by the unusual disease's spread in developed countries. (CDC via AP)

People from countries with recorded monkeypox cases and manifesting symptoms of the said disease should be isolated to prevent a possible spread of the disease, a health expert said on Monday (May 23).

This is amid the recent outbreak of the viral disease in Europe and North America, along with recorded cases in Australia and Canada.

In an interview, Dr. Rontgene Solante, chief of the Adult Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Unit at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, said that tourists and Filipinos from the countries with recorded cases should be monitored.

Kaya importante niyan, sa mga papasok na mga turista o mga Pilipino na nanggaling dito sa ibang bansa kung saan itong reported case, they have to be monitored also. They have to be advised in terms of kung merong naramdamang mga ganitong klaseng karamdaman and they have to be isolated at ire-report kaagad doon sa mga doktor or sa Department of Health (DOH),” Solante said.

(That’s why it’s important for tourists and Filipinos entering the country from countries with reported cases to be monitored also. They have to be advised if they are manifesting symptoms and they have to be isolated and this should be immediately reported to a doctor or to the Department of Health.)

He added that rashes and kulani (lymph nodes) usually occur on the seventh day and onwards.

“During the first five days, lagnat, lagnat lang yan, hindi mo talaga makitaan. (A patient will only have a fever, symptoms will not be visible.) You cannot differentiate it also with other viral or bacterial infections,” Solante added.

The DOH has earlier issued a public health advisory on monkeypox after several outbreak were reported in other countries. The health department has yet to report a case of monkeypox in the Philippines.

Monkeypox, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is "a viral disease from animals and primarily occurs in the tropical rainforest of Central and Western Africa."

The disease can reportedly be transmitted to humans via fluid transmission with an infected person or animal or through contaminated materials.

Solante advised travelers coming from places with monkeypox cases to ensure they are not manifesting symptoms before travelling.

Mataas ang hawaan nito through direct contact or respiratory droplet sa pakikipagusap, kaya napakaimportante pa rin na magsusuot pa rin tayo ng mask, maghugas ng kamay dahil isa ito sa protection para hindi tayo magkakahawaan (The disease is highly contagious through direct contact or respiratory droplets when talking, that’s why it’s important to still wear our face masks, to wash our hands because this will serve as a protection),” he added.

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.

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