First PH monkeypox case: Everything we need to know

| Written by Deina Blancaflor

Last month, the University of the Philippines’ (UP) “Stop C.O.V.I.D Deaths” webinar covered monkeypox as it was emerging in non-endemic countries in Europe and the United States of America.

Since then, monkeypox cases have continued to rise, which prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare this a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. And just a few days ago, the first case of monkeypox in the Philippines was recorded.

The detected case was a 31-year-old Filipino with prior travel history to countries with documented monkeypox cases. As of this writing, the patient has been discharged and is under strict isolation and monitoring at home. This first known case on our shores set off warning bells for the public, and we are again in another race toward understanding the characteristics of this virus, its modes of transmission, and symptomatology.

Are we ready, should there be more cases of monkeypox in the Philippines? What type of protection and precaution should we be in place to reduce the risk of transmission? What are its common signs and symptoms? Do we have the proper means of testing and tracing monkeypox? Is vaccination against it available?

This Friday, August 5, from 12nn to 2 pm, UP, in partnership with UP Manila National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH), the National Telehealth Center (NTC), and in cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), invite you to join the fight against C.O.V.I.D, with presentations on current COVID-19 problems, other outbreaks, viruses, infections, and disasters.

In this timely episode in the “Stop C.O.V.I.D. Deaths” series, “MONKEYPOX, NANDITO NA: Are We Ready?” two infectious disease experts walk us through the ins and outs of this infection. US-based Dr. Franco A. Felizarta will provide the lowdown on monkeypox, including its origin, transmission, diagnosis, and treatment. On the other hand, Dr. Regina P. Berba, Chair of the Infection Control Unit at UP-PGH, will talk about how the hospital prepares for monkeypox cases. She will also provide insights into how this can be controlled within hospitals and health facilities.

Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla, Chancellor of UP Manila, will deliver the synthesis and closing remarks.

Register here and catch our weekly live tweets and streams via the UP System Twitter Account, TVUP’s YouTube channel, and Facebook page.

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