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DOH Speaks on Threats of Monkeypox w/c Is Now Present in Other Countries

DOH – The Department of Health ordered the strengthening of the border screening to prevent the entry of monkeypox.

The Philippines and many countries across the globe have yet to fully recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It brought a crisis in several nations and pulled the economy of several countries down.

In the Philippines, amid the pandemic, several businesses closed as they were not able to withstand the demands of the pandemic. They had to stop operating for weeks, if not for months, under strict community measures to help fight the spread of the virus. Incurring only losses, many business owners decided to just close their companies or establishments.

A lot of Filipinos lost their loved ones to COVID-19. Many people died away from their family and loved ones as they battled the coronavirus. Currently, there are still cases of COVID-19 in the country and the authorities continue to remind the public not to be complacent and to practice the health protocols.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III
Photo: Manila Bulletin

However, amid many countries still in recovery mode from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and still fighting the spread of the virus, at least 12 nations have confirmed cases of a unique disease, the monkeypox. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, these countries are Canada, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Sweden, France, United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

Australia is the country with confirmed cases of monkeypox that is nearest to the Philippines. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Department of Health (DOH) has already ordered the strengthening of the border screening to prevent the entry of this rare disease.

According to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, he ordered told the Bureau of Quarantine to boost their surveillance activities and “ensure more stringent symptomatic screening in their different airports and points of entry”.

Reportedly, monkeypox is not a new disease as it has been seen for decades in Central and West Africa. More than 1,000 cases of this disease were recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year.

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