MANILA – The country’s second case of monkeypox has been discharged from home isolation, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.

In a media briefing, DOH Officer in Charge, Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, said the second case – a 31-year-old Filipino who tested positive on August 18 -- was seen by a physician and was declared “recovered” on August 31.

The case’s signed clearance certificate was issued on Thursday.

Vergeire noted that the patient’s 18 close contacts were all asymptomatic for the rest of their quarantine period.

’Yun pong ating case No. 3 still ongoing ang kanyang home isolation. Siya po ‘yung 29-year-old natin na Filipino national din. Ongoing pa rin ang kanyang isolation kasi mayroon pa rin siyang konti na lesions sa ibang parte ng kanyang katawan (Our third case, a 29-year-old national, is still in isolation due to the presence of a few more lesions on other parts of the body),” Vergeire said.

The third case had 17 identified close contacts – one is undergoing quarantine; 13 are doing self-monitoring; and three have finished quarantine. All are asymptomatic to date.

Ang ating monkeypox cases ay still four. Wala po tayong bagong (Our monkeypox cases are still four. We don't have new) detection although there are samples being submitted but all of those samples that have been submitted yielded negative results,” Vergeire said. (PNA)