Travel bans not yet administered against Monkeypox spread

The administration in Manila is still undecided on imposing travel bans for countries affected by monkeypox. Isolation and monitoring of suspected cases are the current measures. Learn more about the viral disease and the country's plans to protect its borders.

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The administration in Manila is still undecided about imposing a travel ban on passengers from countries where monkeypox cases have been confirmed.


"A travel ban should not be imposed just yet." Isolation and quarantine methods are used only in the case of suspected instances.... In a press conference on Tuesday, Dr. Marissa Alejandria of the Ministry of Health's (DOH) Scientific Advisory Group on Infectious Diseases said, "We merely monitor suspected of being exposed and then isolate if there are symptoms."

Monkeypox is a viral disease that causes chickenpox-like rash or lesions on affected people, according to her.

The Disease Prevention and Control Bureau's Director Beverly Ho stated a "four-door plan" would be undertaken, which would include stringent border restrictions as a "first level of protection," as well as screening, testing, and quarantine of passengers with monkeypox-like symptoms.


International visitors would be supposed to enter through the BOQ's 48 hours before to departure from their country of origin as part of this policy.

Singapore, Israel, the United Kingdom, the U.s., and the African nations , Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Congo Democratic Republic , Ghana, Gabon, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leonn, Nigeria and South Sudan all have proven monkeypox infections.

Only Benin and South Sudan reported import cases among the African countries, with the others having regionally obtained or endemic cases.


Squirrels, African dormice, Gambian pouched rat, and sooty mangabey are all animals connected with monkeypox.

'Remain watchful,' says the adage.

Officials from the Ministry of Health and infectious disease experts voiced optimism that the country's health system will be able to contain the virus.


They stated that a vaccination campaign was not required at this time.

This week, medical front-line workers will meet to plan the wellness reaction to the viral sickness.

Once a monkeypox case is found at the local level, local governments are obligated to perform urgent case investigation and contact tracing.


"With the outbreak of monkeypox, we advise the public to remain watchful." If you are sick or live with someone who is, be extremely cautious if you develop symptoms. "Get your lesions tested and isolate yourself right away," Ho said.

According to Alejandria, the illness is zoonotic, meaning it can spread from animals to people via the respiratory system, mouth, eyes, or open wounds.

Surveillance and testing are two things that are done.

According to her, monkeypox takes 5 to 21 days to incubate, then four days of fever, followed by the emergence of rashes on the face, palms, and soles, that can take up to four weeks.

The Department of Health's Epidemiology Bureau Director Alethea de Guzman said the department is working with Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), the Department of Immigration, and port officials to monitor and test arriving tourists.

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