Saw monkey pox in Singapore… The first case of entry into Southeast Asia

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42-year-old British flight attendant confirmed
Headache, fever, skin rash
Separate monitoring of 2 contacts

▲ The test tube shows a positive sign for monkey pox.  Reuters Yonhap News

▲ The test tube shows a positive sign for monkey pox. Reuters Yonhap News

A case of monkeypox infection has been reported in Singapore. This is the first time the virus has entered Southeast Asia.

According to CNA news agency on the 21st (local time), Singapore’s Ministry of Health announced that one case of monkeypox infection has been confirmed.

The confirmed case was a 42-year-old British flight attendant who stayed in Singapore from the 15th to the 17th and was confirmed to have visited Singapore once on the 19th. After testing positive on the 20th, he is currently hospitalized at the National Center for Infectious Diseases in Singapore.

The patient suffered a headache on the 14th, a fever on the 16th, and a skin rash on the 19th, and is said to be in a stable condition now.

Reuters said the report was the first confirmed case of influx from Southeast Asia.

“Data shows that monkeypox is transmitted through close physical contact or long-term contact,” a health ministry official said. “Currently, two low-risk contacts have been classified as subject to phone surveillance,” he added.

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