The Philippine Embassy in Ankara wishes to inform the Filipinos in Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Georgia of the following situation briefer on Monkeypox from the Philippine Department of Health (DOH):
What is Monkeypox?
- Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease with symptoms similar to smallpox.
- The disease was first identified in humans in 1970 in DR Congo, and is considered to be endemic to Central and West Africa.
- Typical symptoms of Monkeypox include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, rash, and swollen lymph nodes.
- Skin eruption usually occurs 1 to 3 days after the appearance of the fever.
- Monkeypox is primarily transmitted through close contact (wounds, body fluids, respiratory droplets) with an infected person or animal, or with contaminated materials.
- The incubation period (interval from infection to onset of symptoms) of monkeypox is usually from 6 to 14 days but can range from 5 to 21 days,
Status of Outbreak
- The WHO has received reports of outbreaks of Monkeypox infections in Europe and North America since 13 May 2022. As of 21 May, 92 infections have been confirmed and 28 more are suspected in various countries in the said regions. As of 21 May 2022, the WHO reports that current infections do not have travel links to countries where the disease is endemic.
- NOTE: AS OF 30 MAY 2022, THERE ARE NO REPORTED CASES OF MONKEYPOX IN TURKEY, AZERBAIJAN, AND GEORGIA.
- The DOH released an advisory on the developing monkeypox situation. It noted that current health protocols implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (i.e., wearing of face masks, frequent handwashing, and physical distancing) would also help prevent monkeypox virus transmission.
Philippine Embassy in Ankara, Turkey
31 May 2022