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Monkeypox outbreak growing around the world, not as contagious as COVID-19

Monkeypox is a virus that can cause symptoms including fever, aches and presents with a distinctive bumpy rash or lesions.

The rash usually begins within one to three days after the onset of fever.

Lesions can be flat or slightly raised, filled with clear or yellowish fluid, and can then crust, dry up, and fall off, according to World Health Organization (WHO).

The incubation of the disease can range from five to 21 days.

Experts believe the current monkeypox outbreak is being spread through close, intimate skin on skin contact with someone who has an active rash. That should make its spread easier to contain.

It is related to smallpox, but is usually milder. Most people fully recover in two to four weeks, according to health officials. The virus is not as easily transmitted as the SARS-CoV-2 virus that spurred the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Philippines continues to monitor the outbreak of monkeypox overseas but the closure of borders is still unlikely.

The Department of Health (DOH) said there was no case yet of monkeypox detected in the Philippines but assured the public that it has intensified border control to avoid the entry of the disease in the country.


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