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No monkeypox infections detected in Singapore since 2019

SINGAPORE (CNA) – No monkeypox infections have been detected in Singapore since 2019 when the sole imported case was confirmed in a Nigerian man.

“As of May 20, there have been no monkeypox cases detected in Singapore since May 2019 when one imported case from Nigeria had been detected and ringfenced,” said Singapore’s Ministry of Health yesterday.

“In view of the cases in Europe and North America, the Ministry of Health has alerted all medical practitioners to remain vigilant in detecting and reporting monkeypox cases.”

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by a virus that is primarily transmitted from animals to humans. Human-to-human transmission, while possible, is limited.

According to the World Health Organization, about 80 monkeypox cases have been confirmed and another 50 are under investigation in 11 countries as of May 20, including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia.