Singapore confirms imported case of monkeypox after flight attendant developed fever and rash

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SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed an imported case of monkeypox infection in Singapore.

The patient is a 42-year-old British national who works as a flight attendant. The Department of Health said the man was in Singapore between June 15 and June 17 and then again on June 19 while flying to and from Singapore.

He tested positive for monkeypox on June 20.

He is currently hospitalized at the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) and his condition is stable. Contact tracing is underway, the health ministry said.

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The case had a headache on June 14 and a fever on June 16. These symptoms then disappeared and he then developed rashes on June 19.

The Department of Health said the man saw a doctor via teleconsultation on the night of June 19 and was taken to NCID on June 20 for further evaluation.

“Contact tracing is ongoing for the affected flights and for the duration of his stay in Singapore. During this period, he had largely stayed in his hotel room, except for visiting a massage establishment and eating at three dining establishments on June 16.

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“In general, the risk of transmission to visitors to these locations is low, as data has shown that monkeypox is transmitted by close or prolonged physical contact. The four sites visited by the case are being cleaned and disinfected,” the health ministry said.

As of June 21, 13 close contacts have been identified. The Health Ministry said all close contacts will be quarantined for 21 days since their last contact with the case.

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“In addition, two low-risk contacts have been placed under telephone surveillance. People under phone monitoring will receive daily phone calls for the 21-day period to monitor for symptoms. If suspected of being infected, they will be immediately forwarded to NCID for further evaluation and isolation to prevent further transmission,” the ministry added.

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