Indian citizen is Singapore’s fourth monkeypox case

The 30-year-old man, who had recently returned from Germany, developed a rash in his groin area on June 30, 2022 (Images: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – Singaporean authorities confirmed another imported case of monkeypox infection on Friday (July 8), bringing the total number of infections linked to the outbreak to four.

The case concerns a 30-year-old Indian national who resides in Singapore and recently returned from Germany.

The four cases – all men – include the only domestic case on Wednesday and a previous imported case confirmed in June. It was also confirmed Thursday that one of the citizens of Friday’s case was an imported infection.

The ministry said that the latest case is not linked to the other three infections, adding that tracing of contacts is underway.

After a rash appeared in the groin area on June 30, the man later developed a fever on Thursday and sought medical care the same day.

He was also transferred to the National Center for Infectious Diseases on Thursday, where he is currently in a stable condition.

More than 6,000 cases of monkeypox from 59 countries and territories have now been reported in the current outbreak, according to the latest update from the World Health Organization (WHO).

On Wednesday, the UN director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the UN agency will hold a new meeting of the panel that will advise on declaring the outbreak a global health emergency – the WHO’s highest level of alert – in the week of or before July 18. Date. conspiracy.

At its previous meeting on June 27, the committee decided that the outbreak was not yet a health emergency.

Monkeypox, a usually mild viral infection that causes flu-like symptoms and skin lesions, has been spreading globally since May.

The mortality rate in previous outbreaks of the currently circulating monkeypox strain has been around 1 percent.

While patients usually recover within two to four weeks, a small percentage of those infected can become seriously ill or even die. Those at particular risk for complications are young children, pregnant women, or immunocompromised individuals.

The risk to the general public remains low because transmission requires close or prolonged physical contact.

Given these reasons, Health Minister Aung Yi Kong said in a written parliamentary response on Monday that monkeypox is unlikely to turn into a global pandemic like COVID-19.

“Unlike vaccination against COVID-19, mass vaccination at the population level with smallpox vaccine is not recommended as a preventive strategy against monkeypox, in line with international recommendations and the global response to date,” Ong wrote.

Although the smallpox vaccine is up to 85 percent effective in preventing monkeypox, it has the potential to have serious side effects, according to Ong.

For the general population, he added, the risks of complications outweigh the benefits, as they are at high risk of infection.

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