Singapore: Singapore has confirmed cases of monkeypox imports, the Ministry of Health said late Tuesday, the first such cases reported in Southeast Asia during the outbreak of viral disease this year.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement that the patient who tested positive on June 20 was a 42-year-old British man who worked as a flight attendant and left and left Singapore in mid-June.

According to the ministry, he is in a stable condition in the ward of Singapore’s National Center for Infectious Diseases.

Close contact with 13 men was confirmed as of Tuesday, all isolated for 21 days from the last contact with him, the statement added.

Contact tracing is underway while the affected flight and the man are staying in Singapore.

The last case of monkeypox detected in a city-state in Southeast Asia was three years ago.

Australia, which reported the first case on May 20, confirmed eight as of June 10.

Outbreaks of viral disease have been reported in more than 35 countries where monkeypox is not endemic, and there are currently more than 2,500 confirmed cases.

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