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Singapore reports 10th case of monkeypox infection

Singapore's latest monkeypox case is a 28-year-old man who recently returned from Canada.

Singapore reports 10th case of monkeypox infection

File photo of a blood sample for monkeypox virus test. (Photo: iStock/Md Saiful Islam Khan)

SINGAPORE: Singapore on Tuesday (Jul 26) reported one more case of monkeypox infection, bringing the total number of cases in the country since June to 10.

The patient is a 28-year-old Taiwanese man who lives in Singapore and recently returned from Canada, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in an update on its website

He first developed symptoms on Jul 22, including a fever, headache, muscle aches and pain. He subsequently also developed a rash, said MOH.

The man sought medical attention on Tuesday and was admitted to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases the same day, said the ministry.

He is in stable condition and contact tracing is ongoing.

The man's infection is not linked to any of the earlier monkeypox cases.

Monkeypox is a viral disease that is typically self-limiting, with patients recovering within 14 to 21 days.

Those who are infected usually experience fever, headache, muscle ache, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, lethargy and rash.

Of the 10 monkeypox cases announced in Singapore since June, five are imported and five are local. None of the cases so far are linked.

On Monday, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said that MOH does not recommend the mass vaccination of Singapore’s population against monkeypox, reiterating the ministry’s stance on the viral disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday declared the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency.

Source: CNA/aj(ac)


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