First case in Singapore recorded in a British flight attendant

A British flight attendant with monkeypox entered Singapore last week

Singapore has recorded its first recent case of monkeypox in a British flight attendant who entered the country last week.

Authorities revealed the case on Tuesday, saying the 42-year-old had been in and out of the city-state in mid-June.

This is the first recorded case of monkeypox in Southeast Asia linked to a recent global outbreak.

More than 2,100 cases have been detected in 42 countries since May.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) more than 80% of cases were found in Europe, but the disease has also spread to North America, South America and Australia. WHO has recorded one death in this outbreak.

The disease usually occurs in remote parts of West and Central African countries, but there have been unusually high numbers of people infected with monkeypox outside of Africa this year with no travel links to the region.

In Singapore, health officials said the man was in stable condition after testing positive for the disease on Monday and was taken to an isolation ward.

Thirteen of his relatives have also been quarantined. They were his fellow crew members and the airline, some media reported.

South Korean authorities also confirmed their first suspected cases of the disease on Tuesday.

Monkeypox is caused by the monkeypox virus, a member of the same family of viruses as smallpox, although it is much less serious.

Symptoms of monkeypox include a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the body.

The WHO says the risk to the general public remains low because human-to-human transmission requires close or direct physical contact with infectious lesions or ulcers.

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