Singapore has reported its first ever case of monkeypox, got by a Nigerian man thought to have gotten the rare infection by eating bushmeat at a wedding. Symptoms in people of monkeypox – which is endemic in parts of Central and Western Africa – include sores, fever, muscle pain, and chills.
Monkeypox Virus Case Found In Singapore for the First Time
Transmission is usually by means of close contact with infected animals, such as rodents and monkeys and is constrained between people.
It isn’t regularly deadly yet has been in rare cases.
The man who got the infection arrived in Singapore on April 28, the city-state’s health ministry (MOH) said in an announcement late Thursday.
The 38-year-old developed symptoms two days after the fact and is presently isolated at an infectious disease center in a steady condition, the service said.
Another 23 people who had been in close contact with the man have likewise been isolated and will be checked for 21 days.
“While risk of spread is low, MOH is taking precautions,” the ministry said.
Outside Africa, human monkeypox contaminations had just been recently detailed in the United States, Britain, and Israel, as per the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.
Singapore, a minor yet wealthy city-state reliant on external trade and the travel industry, has toughened measures against infectious diseases after it was hit hard by the 2003 SARS infection outbreak.
The disease killed 33 people in Singapore, delivered major losses on the economy and hit the number of international visitors.