A man who transited through Singapore tested positive for monkeypox, with 13 people currently on phone surveillance.
Here’s everything about the case.
Remained in Changi Airport
The man was travelling from Barcelona to Australia when he transited through Singapore on 2 June.
He had reportedly stayed in the transit holding area at Changi Airport until his flight to Sydney later on 2 June. He did not visit any other areas in the airport.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) stated that they were informed by the New South Wales Ministry of Health that the man tested positive for monkeypox in Australia.
However, since he did not enter Singapore or interact with people in the community, the risk of community transmission is low.
13 People On Phone Surveillance
As a precautionary measure, MOH did contact tracing for the two flights that the man was on. They also did tracing for those who may have come into contact with the man at the transit area.
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There were no close contacts, so nobody was placed on quarantine. However, 13 people who may have had casual contact with the man have been put on phone surveillance for 13 days.
This means that MOH will call them every day to check in on their health status. If they end up reporting any symptoms that may be linked to monkeypox, they’ll be assessed and conveyed to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.
TLDR: there’s no need to start freaking out, because monkeypox probably isn’t circulating around the community.
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What Is Monekypox?
In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of this new virus, here’s a summary.
Monkeypox is a virus that causes fever, body aches, enlarged lymph nodes, and painful, fluid-filled blisters on the face, hands and feet. It is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus.
Currently, there are two main strains of the virus. The Congo strain has a 10% mortality rate, while the West African strain has a 1% mortality rate.
Since then, most cases have been reported in Central and West Africa, often in proximity to tropical rainforests and have been increasingly appearing in urban areas.
However, there has been a recent outbreak of monkeypox in the West, with one case in Singapore now.
You can read more about monkeypox here, or watch this video:
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