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Singapore reports 11th case of monkeypox infection since June

Singapore's latest monkeypox case is a 32-year-old man.

Singapore reports 11th case of monkeypox infection since June

A blood sample that has tested positive for the monkeypox virus. (Photo: iStock/turk_stock_photographer)

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported one more case of monkeypox infection on Wednesday (Jul 27), bringing the total number of infections in the country since June to 11.

The patient is a 32-year-old Singaporean man, said MOH in an update on its website

He tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, two weeks after developing a fever on Jul 12. He also had lesions on his body, said MOH. 

The man sought medical care on Tuesday and was admitted to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases on the same day. 

He is in stable condition and contact tracing is ongoing.

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

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 11 monkeypox cases announced in Singapore since June, five are imported and six 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/vc
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