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DOH denies monkeypox death in Central Visayas

Mayen Jaymalin - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines —  The Department of Health (DOH) yesterday belied the reported death of a man in Negros Oriental due to monkeypox.

“Walang pasyenteng namatay sa monkeypox mula sa anumang rehiyon ng bansa,” Health Assistant Secretary Albert Domingo said.

Based on the latest DOH data, Domingo said, all those tested for monkeypox turned out negative for the infection.

Domingo issued the statement in reaction to reports that the DOH - Central Visayas is investigating the death of a 27-year-old male resident from Negros Oriental.

The 27-year-old fatality is suspected to be suffering from monkeypox before his death last June 2.

Monkeypox is an illness caused by the monkeypox virus which can be transmitted through physical contact with an infected individual or with contaminated materials.

Domingo explained that monkeypox carries similar symptoms as chickenpox, shingles, and herpes, particularly skin rash or mucosal lesions.

He reminded the public to always wait for the official confirmation from the DOH.

The health official further advised the public against spreading unverified information. (CEBU NEWS)

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