No New Monkeypox Cases In S’pore, MOH Urges Doctors To Remain Vigilant

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MOH Confirms Singapore Has No New Monkeypox Cases

While monkeypox is a rare disease, it has recently been detected across North America and Europe.

Monkeypox Cases On The Rise In Europe, US & Canada, Transmission Occurs Through Close Contact

On Saturday (21 May), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said no new monkeypox cases were detected in Singapore.

Nonetheless, they have alerted all medical practitioners here to remain vigilant in detecting and reporting all cases of the disease.

MOH announced that no new monkeypox cases were detected

According to Channel NewsAsia (CNA), MOH announced that no new monkeypox cases were detected here in Singapore as of Friday (20 May).

The zoonotic disease is endemic in parts of central and west Africa.

However, monkeypox cases have been found in nine European countries in recent weeks, including the United States, Canada, and Australia.

As such, MOH has urged all medical practitioners to be vigilant in detecting and reporting monkeypox cases.

The Straits Times (ST) reported that the last monkeypox case detected in Singapore was an imported case involving a Nigerian man in May 2019.

Infectious disease experts warned that it would not be surprising for cases to emerge in Singapore.

But there is no cause for alarm so far, and the spread can be contained with contact tracing, isolating infected cases and quarantining contacts.

The ministry will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Symptoms include fever & rash

Monkeypox is a rare disease primarily transmitted to humans from animals.

While the human-to-human transmission is possible, it is limited, said MOH.

Individuals are infectious typically during the period when they exhibit symptoms — in particular, a skin rash.

MOH shared that transmission typically occurs from close contact with an infected person’s respiratory tract secretions or skin lesions.

Objects recently contaminated by an infected person’s fluids or lesions may also result in trans...

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