A British man who visited Singapore on June 15-17 is the first to test positive for monkeypox.
After the man’s positive test result was confirmed, contact tracing for his alleged 13 close contacts followed, among them are the crew of the flight he was one.
He had skin rashes, headaches, and a fever last week and was tested positive for monkeypox on Monday.
During this period, he had largely remained in his hotel room except to visit a massage establishment and eat at three food establishments on June 16.Singapore’s Ministry of Health said.
In addition, the British man is now being treated at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, monkeypox, which is regarded as a less serious cousin of smallpox, has an incubation period of seven to 14 days.
The disease was not previously thought to be endemic, but the current outbreak has seen more than 2,500 cases recorded in numerous countries.