The first case of monkeypox in Hong Kong had travel history to the Philippines but is not a Filipino.This was according to the Department of Health (DOH) saying they have been informed by their Hong Kong counterparts that the patient is not a Filipino national.”The nationality of the patient has yet to be confirmed to us by the Hong Kong Ministry of Health,” said DOH Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a press conference.”But what we can disclose, as confirmed by the official report to us by Hong Kong, is that it is not a Filipino national,” she furthered.Earlier this week, Hong Kong identified its first case of monkeypox after a resident returning from overseas travel was confirmed as being infected.The 30-year-old male patient arrived from the Philippines, but also had recent trips to the United States and Canada.Vergeire said they have already identified close contacts of the patient, particularly those in the same flight.”We are closely monitoring them. And, up until now, all of these close contacts are asymptomatic,” said Vergeire. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)