NAIA, DOH on alert vs monkeypox

Published May 21, 2022, 4:23 PM

by Ariel Fernandez

The medical team of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is now on highest alert to prevent the entry of passengers who may be infected by monkeypox virus.

In a statement, the NAIA medical team is now working closely with personnel of Department of Health (DOH) and the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) as part of the health measures to prevent the entry of virus which is reportedly detected in the United States and in some parts of Europe.

As part of the measures, all passengers are required to undergo thermal scanning and foot bath at the arrival sections of NAIA terminals.

A person inflicted with monkeypox suffers has fever, rashes and swollen lymph nodes. The virus is transmitted through close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as beddings.

Heath experts said the monkeypox is usually a self-limited disease with the symptoms lasting from two to four weeks.

Monkeypox is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or with material contaminated with the virus.

The Philippines is still free from monkeypox virus.