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Singapore reports 9th case of monkeypox

Singapore's ninth monkeypox case since June is a 31-year-old man. None of the cases so far are linked.

Singapore reports 9th case of monkeypox

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 Monday (Jul 25), bringing the total number of infections in the country since June to nine.

The patient is a 31-year-old Filipino man, said MOH in an update on its website

He tested positive for the virus on Monday, four days after developing a fever on Jul 21. He also had rashes on his face and other parts of his body, said MOH. 

The man sought medical attention at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) on Sunday and was admitted the same day, added 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, 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 nine monkeypox cases announced in Singapore since June, four are imported and the 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 public health emergency of international concern.

Source: CNA/vc

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