BATU PAHAT: The Johor Health Department on Thursday (July 14) confirmed that all 14 casual contacts to a Malaysian in Singapore who was infected with monkeypox on July 6 have been confirmed free of the disease.
State Health and Unity Committee chairman Ling Tian Soon said the 14, all of whom were from Johor, had been instructed to undergo self-quarantine at their respective homes for a week.
As of Thursday, no new cases have been reported involving visitors from Singapore to Johor, he added.
"However, all hospitals in the state are asked to be on alert and instructed to improve facilities as well as adopt the same procedures practised during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he told reporters here after officiating at the opening of the Hemodialysis Unit Building at Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital (HSNI) here.
On July 6, a 45-year-old Malaysian living in the republic tested positive for monkeypox and visited several of his acquaintances' houses in Johor.
Regarding the opening of the hemodialysis unit building worth RM1mil contributed by Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB), Ling said that there were 66 patients seeking dialysis services there.
"Until now, there are 30 dialysis machines placed in the unit with patients only charged RM13 for each treatment session," he said. - Bernama