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Singapore reports 13th case of monkeypox infection since June

Singapore reports 13th case of monkeypox infection since June
The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported one more case of monkeypox infection on Wednesday (Aug 3), bringing the total number of infections in the country since June to 13.

The patient is a 33-year-old man with no recent travel history, said MOH in an update on its website.

The man tested positive for the virus on Tuesday and his infection is classified as a local unlinked case. 

Another local unlinked case was also confirmed on Monday, a 59-year-old man with no recent travel history.

Of the 13 monkeypox cases announced in Singapore since June this year, five are imported and eight are local. None of the cases so far are linked.

According to the Health Ministry, monkeypox is a viral disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. It is typically a self-limiting illness that presents with fever and rash. However, serious complications or death can occur in some individuals.

Those infected usually experience fever, headache, muscle ache, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and lethargy.

As the disease progresses, infected persons develop a rash, often starting from the face before spreading to other parts of the body, including the palms and soles.

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