First cases of monkeypox detected in Asia: data from South Korea and Singapore

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that two suspected cases of monkeypox were detected in South Korea on June 21, 2022: a foreigner who arrived by plane and a South Korean who arrived from Germany, who are currently undergoing quarantine checks.


In addition, on June 21, 2022, the Ministry of Health of Singapore announced the discovery of the first confirmed case of monkeypox imported from abroad, which is also the first confirmed case of monkeypox reported in this round of the epidemic in Southeast Asia.


According to a statement released by the Korea Disease Control Agency, one of the suspects developed symptoms prior to entering the country and sought medical attention the day after entering the country. Yonhap News Agency reported that the patient may have had person-to-person contact in the period prior to seeking medical attention.


South Korean President Yoon Sek Yue instructed the epidemic prevention department to intensify testing of incoming tourists and closely monitor whether there are new cases of suspected monkeypox in the country, and the epidemic prevention department to be fully prepared and, if necessary, promptly deliver vaccines and medicines.


The first confirmed case of monkeypox in the country was a 42-year-old British flight attendant who is currently undergoing treatment, according to the Singapore Ministry of Health. The Singapore Ministry of Health has traced 13 close contacts, all of whom will be quarantined for 21 days.


More than 2,100 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported worldwide this year, according to data released by the World Health Organization.