Health officials reportedly spotted the infection in a steward when testing staff after landing Sunday night, with the crew quarantined for 21 days
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A British Airways crew has been isolated after one of them contracted monkeypox.
Two pilots and nine stewards and stewardesses have all been quarantined in Singapore for 21 days, it has been reported.
The flight is understood to be on British Airways’ London-Sydney route, which passes via Singapore, and the positive test is believed to have come as the crew returned to the UK.
Health officials reportedly discovered the infection in a steward when testing staff after landing Sunday night.
There have now been 793 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the UK.
Authorities announced the case Tuesday and said the 42-year-old man flew in and out of the city-state in mid-June.
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The infection is the first documented case of monkeypox in Southeast Asia linked to the recent global outbreak.
Since May, a total of more than 2,100 cases have been detected in 42 countries.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 80 percent of cases have been detected in Europe, but the disease has also spread to North America, South America and Australia.
The WHO has recorded one death in this outbreak.
That’s what a British Airways insider said MailOnline : “One of them had it, so they confiscated the entire crew. Now they have to spend 21 days in quarantine.
“Everyone’s been told not to talk about it — but it’s all everyone talks about.”
A BA spokesman told The Mirror: “We are working closely with Singapore’s health authorities and have offered assistance with any information needed.
“We are in contact with our crew and are providing the necessary support.”
They added that the safety of its customers and crew is always its top priority and the risk to others on board is very low.
In the meantime, some gay and bisexual men at higher risk of exposure to monkeypox should be offered the smallpox vaccine Imvanex, the UK Health Authority (UKHSA) has said.
Smallpox belongs to the same virus “family” as monkeypox.
There is currently no approved vaccine to immunize against monkeypox in the UK or Europe.
Because monkeypox is related to the virus that causes smallpox, vaccines developed for smallpox are considered “cross-protective” against monkeypox.
The UKHSA said the smallpox vaccine “is shown to be effective against monkeypox” but should not be offered to everyone.
It is only offered to certain gay and bisexual men.
The selection criteria likely depend on a person’s sexual activity.
The UKHSA guideline states that a medical professional can recommend a vaccination for someone who “has multiple partners, engages in group sex or attends ‘sex site'”.
Between May 6th and June 20th, 793 cases of monkeypox were confirmed in the UK.
Of these, 18 were in Scotland, three in Northern Ireland, six in Wales and 766 in England.
Only five cases have been confirmed in women.
The majority of cases are affecting people in London – but cases have also been found in other regions.
Symptoms include new and unusual spots, ulcers, or blisters anywhere on the body, fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, fatigue, and swollen glands.
Most people have a mild illness, with recovery within three weeks.
But in some cases, serious illness can occur, and sometimes lead to death.
The virus is not currently defined as a sexually transmitted infection, but it can be transmitted through close and intimate contact during sex.
The spread of monkeypox can occur when a person comes into close contact with an infected animal or human.
It can also occur when a person comes into close contact with material contaminated with the virus, such as B. Bedding.
Anyone can get monkeypox, but recent cases have been linked mainly to “sexual networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men,” the UKHSA said.
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