Dr Sim: Inform health authorities, self-quarantine for 21 days if one develops monkeypox symptoms

Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, July 2: Those who develop monkeypox symptoms should immediately inform local health authorities and undergo self-quarantine for 21 days, says Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He advised those who happen to come into close contact with monkeypox positive cases from outside the country to also do the same.

“We know that there are over 2,000 cases of monkeypox infections in the world since January, and there’s one case of death in Nigeria.

“In June, the first case in our region was reported in Singapore. So, we need your help.

“We need everyone to play your respective roles and if you notice any (monkeypox) symptoms upon point of entry into Sarawak, please inform the health authorities,” he said on social media today.

As of today, there are no monkeypox infection cases reported in the whole of Malaysia.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the incubation period of monkeypox is usually from six to 13 days, but can also range from five to 21 days.

The infection can start with the invasion period, lasting up to five days, when the patient would go down with fever, intense headache, swelling of lymph nodes, back pain, muscle aches and intense lethargy.

Skin eruption usually begins within the first three days of fever, and the rash tends to appear on the face, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. — DayakDaily