UP webinar gives the low-down on monkeypox

| Written by Deina Blancaflor

In mid-May, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 12 countries had cases of the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox is not new. The virus has been endemic in several African countries for years already. What may be new and alarming is that monkeypox cases are emerging in non-endemic countries such as Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Interestingly, these cases have no known travel links as well.

How, then, is the disease transmitted? What are its signs and symptoms? How is it different from smallpox and chickenpox? How can we prevent monkeypox from coming to our shores?

This June 3, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm, the University of the Philippines (UP), in partnership with UP Manila National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH), National Telehealth Center (NTC), and cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), would like to invite you to join the fight against C.O.V.I.D.

Titled “Monkeypox: Dapat bang matakot?” the episode will answer all our questions about these recent monkeypox cases and discuss everything we know about them so far. Dr. Enrique A. Tayag, Director of the Department of Health-Knowledge Management and Information Technology Service IV (DOH-KMITS), will share the timeline of the disease and what its spread means to front liners.

Dr. Joseph Adrian Buensalido, an infectious disease expert and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at UP-PGH, will discuss diagnosis, differentials, clinical management, and treatment.

Lastly, Dr. Merrill Van Yu, Adult Infectious Diseases Fellow from UP-PGH, will focus on hospital-based measures and preparations to protect health workers and the public alike.

Register here and catch our weekly live tweets and streams via the UP System Twitter Account and T.V.U.P.’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Let us not let fear get in our ability to learn facts and prepare for any eventuality, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over.

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