New cases of Monkeypox infections discovered in Singapore and South Korea

Singapore has confirmed in a statement of  its first two cases of monkeypox infections and two others discoveries were made in South Korea.

Monkeypox is a rare disease similar to smallpox caused by the monkeypox virus. It’s found mostly in areas of Africa but has been seen in other areas of the world. It causes flu-like symptoms such as fever and chills, and a rash that can take weeks to clear.

The case in Singapore involves a British man who was in the city-state between June 15 and 17. He tested positive for monkeypox on Monday after developing skin rashes and experiencing headaches and a fever last week.

The man is on treatment at the National Center for infectious disease (NCID), and thirteen of his close contacts so far has been contacted.

The other suspected case is a South Korean citizen who reported themselves to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency after arriving back in the country from Germany on Wednesday.


The KCDA said the South Korean – now being treated at a facility in Seoul – had reported having a headache before flying and had developed a fever, sore throat, fatigue and skin lesions on arrival in the country.

Several tests are now being conducted in the country to find out the severity of the pandemic.