If you have heard rumours that monkeypox has reached our shores, be assured that the news is absolutely false.
The Health Ministry has denied the news that's been floating around social media about a Malaysian who contracted monkeypox in Singapore, according to a report by Astro Awani
"The Singapore Health Ministry reported no Malaysians had any contact with the monkeypox patient in Singapore,” Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was quoted as saying.
He also reminded the public not to spread such fake news, which can cause alarm and worry to everyone.
On 9 May , the Singapore Health Ministry confirmed that a 38-year-old Nigerian, who attended a workshop in the country on 28 April, contracted the disease.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), monkeypox is a viral zoonosis or a disease transmitted from animals to humans. It can be transmitted through contact with the blood, bodily fluids, or cutaneous or mucosal lesions of infected animals.
In humans, it can be spread through direct contact with an infected person's bodily fluids, as well as contaminated objects such as bedding and clothes.
There are no known treatments or vaccines for the disease and human-to-human transmission is possible but limited.
We're safe...for now. Remember not to trust everything you read on social media, boys and girls.