Singapore’s health authority has confirmed the first case of monkeypox in Southeast Asia. It appears linked to the recent global outbreak.
The Health Ministry disclosed on Tuesday that a 42-year-old male British flight attendant tested positive after having headaches, fever, and skin rashes last week.
The man had been on flights in and out of the city-state.
The authorities say he’s been taken to an isolation ward for further assessment. His condition is stable.
They also say 13 of the man’s close contacts have been identified. All have been put in quarantine for 21 days since their last contact with him.
The virus has also appeared elsewhere in Asia.
South Korean officials said on Wednesday it was detected in a citizen who had returned from Germany the previous day. They say the person is being treated in isolation near Seoul.
The World Health Organization plans to hold an emergency meeting on Thursday. It will assess whether the outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern.