British Airways crew forced to isolate after one tested positive for monkeypox

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An entire British Airways crew has been forced to isolate for three weeks after one of them tested positive for monkeypox in Singapore.

Two pilots and nine stewards and stewardesses were all quarantined for 21 days, it is said.

The group were tested for the fast-spreading disease on Sunday night when they stopped in the Southeast Asian country on their way back from Australia.

A BA insider told Mail Online: “One of them had it so they confiscated the whole crew. Now they have to spend 21 days in quarantine.

“Everyone has been told not to talk about it — but it’s all everyone talks about.”

The positive result reportedly came on a return flight from London to Sydney.

After completing the outward journey, the group made a one-day stopover in the Australian city before returning to the UK via Singapore.


The UK outbreak continues to grow (Image: Reuters)

A BA spokesman said: “We are working closely with the Singapore health authorities and have offered assistance with any information required.”

It comes after Britain’s Health Safety Agency (HSA) recommended that gay and bisexual men at high risk of contracting monkeypox should be offered the smallpox vaccine.

Experts have warned the UK’s monkeypox outbreak continues to grow and is still not under control.

Although anyone can be infected, data shows that there is a higher level of transmission among men who have sex with other men.

The UK has more infections than any other country affected by the spread of the virus and has now experienced the largest blast ever recorded outside of Africa.

Health officials confirmed last week that the number of cases has risen to 574 since the first was identified on May 7.

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