The Philippines detected its first case of monkeypox on Friday in a citizen who arrived from abroad last week.
Beverly Ho, the Department of Health Undersecretary, said that the 31-year-old patient had traveled to countries with documented monkeypox cases and returned to the Philippines last July 19.
The Philippines’ Department of Health said they are monitoring ten close contacts of the first case under quarantine, three of whom are in the same household.
Ho said that the ten close contacts are not showing any symptoms.
The monkeypox patient is now recovering under home isolation.
The Department of Health did not disclose the gender and the travel history of the first confirmed case.
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