Three more cases of monkeypox detected in S'pore, bringing total to 19

The new cases of monkeypox were recorded in the week between Sept 4 and Sept 10. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - There were three new cases of monkeypox reported in Singapore, bringing the total number of infections to 19, according to figures released by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

In a weekly report of infectious diseases uploaded to its website on Thursday, three additional cases of monkeypox were recorded in the week between Sept 4 and Sept 10.

MOH's previous update about the disease on Sept 8 reported no new cases for the week of Aug 28 to Sept 3. The last monkeypox case was recorded in the week between Aug 14 and Aug 20.

MOH previously announced that those with the disease can recover at home from Aug 22, as long as they are assessed to be clinically stable by a doctor, and their place of residence is suitable for home recovery.

Those assessed to be at higher risk of complications will continue to be managed in hospitals.

Before this, all confirmed cases assessed by public hospitals to be clinically stable had to recover with telemedicine support at a monkeypox isolation facility.

People confirmed to have monkeypox are required under the Infectious Diseases Act to remain in isolation until they are medically assessed to be non-infectious.

The outbreak of monkeypox was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation on July 23.

Local and international data show that monkeypox is typically a mild and self-limiting illness in which the majority of patients recover within two to four weeks without requiring hospitalisation.

Some of the symptoms linked to the monkeypox virus include fever, headache, muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, lethargy and skin rash.

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