DOH issues Monkeypox alert

DOH issues Monkeypox alert

For extreme precautionary measures against Monkeypox, the Department of Health (DOH) reminds the public to consistently adhere to the same protocols as those used to ward off Covid-19.

Individuals exhibiting the symptoms; fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion and chills are also urged to isolate and seek medical attention. Once infected with Monkeypox, rashes are expected to appear three days after the onset of fever.

This was presented by Health Services Office (HSO) head Dr. Rowena Galpo during the management committee meeting last week.

The public thus should use face masks properly, ensure good airflow both in workplaces and at home, keep hands clean and practice personal hygiene and maintain physical distancing; Dr. Galpo reiterated.

Lately, the World Health Organization issued an alert that the Monkeypox global outbreak is now a public health emergency of international concern.

The illness could be transmitted through close contact with an infected person, through direct contact with bodily fluids or lesion material, and indirect contact through infected clothing, linen and other materials.

The administration of smallpox vaccine, which is given for the childhood disease, may give 85% protection, Dr. Galpo said.

Monkeypox was detected in 1958, in monkeys used for research. Though the source remains unknown, African rodents and non-human primates such as monkeys might harbor the virus, and infect humans.

The city implements the four-door policy once a case is detected, Dr. Galpo said. The policy includes travel restriction; screening, testing isolation and quarantine; detection through surveillance, isolation and quarantine, treatment and management, vaccination once available; and health care and surge capacity through accordion policy, telemedicine, home care and isolation.  –  Julie G. Fianza