SINGAPORE: All students and a teacher from the School of the Arts (SOTA) who contracted chikungunya during a school trip to Thailand have returned to Singapore.
A total of 11 students came down with the virus, said SOTA on Tuesday (Jun 4). Nine of them were diagnosed at Bangkok Christian Hospital. The other two students, who were well in Thailand, were diagnosed with chikungunya in Singapore.
"They are recovering well," said SOTA's principal Mary Seah.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said earlier on Tuesday that of the two students who were diagnosed in Singapore, one received outpatient treatment while the other was hospitalised.
Those who fell ill were part of a group of 25 students and three teachers who went on a learning trip to Ratchaburi province last week.
"We have informed the students and teachers to take mosquito-bite precautions, monitor their temperatures for 12 days and to seek medical treatment if they are unwell as advised by the Ministry of Health," said Mrs Seah.
"The school will continue to work with the parents to monitor the students’ well-being closely."
According to MOH, the maximum incubation period for chikungunya is 12 days.
Chikungunya is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, similar to dengue and Zika.
Symptoms include fever, joint pain, muscle pain, headache, nausea and rash. In most cases, patients recover fully but joint pain may persist for several weeks to years in some cases.
SCHOOLS HAVE MEASURES IN PLACE DURING SCHOOL-ORGANISED OVERSEAS TRIPS: MOE
The Ministry Of Education (MOE) said that schools have measures in place to ensure the safety and well-being of students on school-organised overseas trips.
"Before departure, schools would monitor the in-country and regional developments of their destination and seek advice from the MOE-appointed travel consultants for any potential risks," said MOE.
"Based on a school’s assessment of the risks, travel itineraries could be adjusted and trips could be shortened, postponed or cancelled in some scenarios.
"During the trip, teachers would also keep a lookout for any signs and symptoms of students being unwell, and if necessary, the teachers would call for appropriate medical attention. In addition, the MOE-appointed travel consultant could be activated to provide further support to the school."
This story has been updated to reflect the latest figures provided by the School of the Arts.