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1 confirmed monkeypox case transited through S'pore to Australia, 13 persons put on phone surveillance: MOH

SINGAPORE — A man travelling to Australia who transited through Singapore last Thursday (June 2) has tested positive for monkeypox, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

1 confirmed monkeypox case transited through S'pore to Australia, 13 persons put on phone surveillance: MOH

A traveller who arrived in Sydney, Australia on June 3, 2022 and tested positive for monkeypox there was in the transit holding area at Changi Airport the day before.

SINGAPORE — A man travelling to Australia who transited through Singapore last Thursday (June 2) has tested positive for monkeypox, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

In a statement on Monday, MOH said that it was informed of the case last Saturday by the New South Wales Ministry of Health.

The man had departed from Barcelona in Spain on June 1 and arrived at Changi Airport on June 2.

He remained in the transit holding area at Changi Airport until his departure for Sydney on the same day, and did not visit other areas in Changi Airport.

He arrived in Sydney on June 3 and tested positive for monkeypox there.

“As the case did not enter Singapore or interact with persons in the community, there is currently no significant risk of community transmission,” MOH said.

“However, as a precautionary measure, we have conducted contact tracing for the two affected flights and those who might have come into contact with the traveller at the airport transit area,” it added.

There were no assessed close contacts and so no requirement for quarantine.

“However, we have put 13 persons who may have casual contact with the traveller on phone surveillance for 21 days,”  MOH said.

“Persons under phone surveillance will receive daily phone calls to ascertain their health status until the end of the monitoring period. Should they report symptoms that are suggestive of monkeypox infection, they will be medically assessed and may be conveyed to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases for further evaluation.”

A person infected with monkeypox may have symptoms that include fever, headaches, swellings, back pain, aching muscles and a general fatigue.

Once the fever stops, a bumpy rash may develop, often beginning on the face, then spreading to other parts of the body, most commonly the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

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