Singapore detects first monkeypox case
Published: 10:04 AM, 23 June 2022 Updated: 11:34 AM, 23 June 2022
Monkeypox; Photo: Collected
Monkeypox has been detected for the first time in Singapore, Southeast Asia. Monkeypox has been identified in the body of a British citizen, according to the country’s health ministry. Reports - CNN
The monkeypox-detected British nationals have toured various parts of the city in an “infected condition”. According to the Ministry of Health, 13 people have been “contacted and are being sought”. The identified person is undergoing treatment.
Meanwhile, South Korea’s health ministry said on Wednesday that samples had been collected from two people with symptoms of monkeypox. Initially, it is thought that the two suspects were infected with the same viral disease.
Earlier, the disease was detected in many European countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy. Monkeypox is a viral disease that usually causes mild illness. Most infected people get better within a few weeks. It cannot spread easily from one person to another.
It is thought that the risk of spreading it to a larger population is relatively low. So far, there is no specific vaccine against this virus. However, the smallpox vaccine also provides 75 percent protection against monkeypox as these two viruses have a lot in common.