Singapore reports first local linked case of monkey pox; a total of 15 infections confirmed since June


SINGAPORE: Singapore reported two new cases of monkey pox on Friday (Aug. 5), including the first locally linked case – a contact from a man whose infection was confirmed earlier this week.

The 54-year-old man had no recent travel history, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in an update on its website.

He tested positive on Friday and is a contact for a 33-year-old man known as Case 13.

The other case confirmed Friday is a 25-year-old man. He had no recent travel history, and his infection is classified as locally unlinked, MOH said.

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The two new cases bring the total number of infections in the country since June to 15.

Of the 15 cases, five are imported, while 10 are local.

According to the Ministry of Health, monkeypox is a viral disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus.

It is usually a self-limiting illness that presents with fever and rash. However, serious complications or death can occur in some individuals.

The infected usually experience fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and lethargy.

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As the disease progresses, infected individuals develop a rash, often starting on the face before spreading to other parts of the body, including the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

Symptoms can appear five to 21 days after infection. These individuals are generally contagious from the onset of the fever until the skin lesions have peeled off, MOH said.

From August 1, cases of monkeypox that have been assessed as clinically stable by public hospitals will be transferred to a special isolation facility.

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For close contacts with monkeypox cases, the quarantine period will be adjusted to 14 days, followed by seven days of symptom monitoring via regular phone calls, MOH said.

According to the website, people with phone surveillance are allowed to leave their homes as long as they are healthy. They should contact a duty officer of the MOH if they are not feeling well.



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