Personal tools
You are here: Home EBOLA UPDATES DOH confirms Ebola Reston outbreak among monkeys

DOH confirms Ebola Reston outbreak among monkeys

MANILA - The Department of Health (DOH) will hold a press conference Thursday to confirm the outbreak of the Ebola Reston virus among monkeys in the Philippines.

Ebola"We don't call it a crisis. We call it outbreak in so far as monkeys is concerned," Health Secretary Janette Garin said Wednesday.

"Definitely ito po ay nasa monkeys. We're just tracing any other information. Itong klase ng Ebola ang pinakamabait sa tao," she added.

(READ: Monkeys in PH facilities test positive for Ebola Reston virus)

She said the handlers of the monkeys are being given adequate protection. Garin declined to give details except to say this is limited to three areas.

DOH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy also assured that the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) was able to isolate the virus.

He explained they took it upon themselves to inform the public about Ebola Reston to avoid any confusion with the deadly Ebola virus now in Africa.

"No risk at all. Data would tell us while people are exposed, none of them developed illness because of Ebola Reston," he said.

He also maintained that there is no sore eyes epidemic in the country even as he advised the public not to buy eyedrops from sidewalk vendors.

Garin, for her part, said they are also monitoring any possible cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), maintaining Filipino nurses in the Middle East may avail of the assistance of a DOH team deployed there if needed.

She also admitted there is a huge jump in HIV cases in the country. She, however, maintained it may not be because of an upsurge in infections but because the government is now aggressive in testing.

The latest statistics on HIV infections in the country compared to other countries may not be reflective of the true situation since some countries require mandatory testing while others don't.

The health secretary said HIV infections have been reported among MSMs (men who have sex with men), intravenous drug users, and women in prostitution.

Garin also told media she has no plans to pursue elective office in the 2016 elections.

Garin was pitching the P122.733-billion budget of the DOH before the House of Representatives. This figure is a 41.12% increase to the agency's 2015 budget.

For 2016, the DOH wants to subsidize the enrollment of 15.44 million DSWD-identified families under the national health insurance program. The DOH also wants to subsidize the enrollment of 2.8 million senior citizens.


source: ABS-CBN

Document Actions
  • Powered by Digital Information Systems and Technologies