The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed a second local case of monkeypox infection in Singapore on Wednesday, 13 Jul 2022.
This comes a week after Singapore saw its first local monkeypox case on 6 Jul.
Second Local Case Tested Positive on 13 Jul
According to an update from MOH on the monkeypox situation in Singapore, the patient is a 48-year-old male British national who resides in Singapore. He tested positive for monkeypox on 13 Jul.
The case is not linked to any of the monkeypox cases earlier announced by MOH.
The patient had developed rashes in the perianal region on 6 Jul and fever on 11 Jul. He sought medical care on 13 Jul and was subsequently admitted to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) on the same day, where he is currently warded.
His condition is stable, and contact tracing efforts are underway.
First Local Monkeypox Case
The first local monkeypox case reported on 6 Jul was of a 45-year-old male Malaysian national who lives in Singapore. The patient first developed lower abdomen skin lesions on 30 Jun, and subsequently experienced fatigue and swollen lymph nodes on 2 Jul.
On 4 Jul, he developed a fever and a sore throat. He sought medical attention where initial tests for other possible medical conditions were done. When these tests returned negative, the patient was subsequently conveyed to NCID, where he was isolated for further assessment.
As of 6 Jul, three close contacts have been identified – two housemates and one social contact. All close contacts will be placed in quarantine for 21 days from their last contact with the case.
Recent Imported Case
On 7 Jul, Singapore confirmed its second imported case of monkeypox. The patient is a 36-year-old male from India who lives in Singapore and had recently returned from the United States.
The patient first developed anal discomfort on 28 Jun. Other symptoms, including rashes typical of monkeypox, came progressively over the next few days. On Wednesday, 6 Jun, he sought medical care and was taken to the NCID on the same day. He tested positive for monkeypox the following day.
For more updates on the monkeypox situation in Singapore, visit MOH’s monkeypox disease updates page.