The Department of Health announced that the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) is now equipped to detect Monkeypox.
The DOH said that it has set up a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay so that it could detect cases of the Monkeypox virus.
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In addition, the department said that this is part of the part of the national preparedness and response to the threats of the disease.
“Samples will only be collected from all individuals fitting case definitions for suspect or probable case of monkeypox,” the DOH said in a memorandum circular
The following symptoms are listed under Monkeypox:
• Acute onset of fever (>38.5°C);
• Back pain;
• Asthenia; and
Suspected Monkeypox cases need to undergo a mandatory 21 days quarantine.
A monkeypox health center will also be established by the DOH.