British Airways crew is put in isolation over monkeypox fears
British Airways crew is isolated over monkey pox fear after one tests positive for the infection in Singapore
- Two pilots and nine flight attendants have all been quarantined
- A BA insider said: ‘One of them had it, so they confiscated the entire crew’
- Positive test came when on their way from Sydney to UK
An entire British Airways crew has been placed in isolation in Singapore after one of them contracted monkey pox.
The two pilots and nine flight attendants have all been quarantined for 21 days, it is understood.
Health officials discovered the infection in one flight attendant when the staff was tested after landing on Sunday night.
A BA insider said: ‘One of them had it, so they confiscated the entire crew. Now they have to quarantine for 21 days.
“Everyone’s been told not to talk about it, but it’s all everyone is talking about.”
An entire British Airways crew has been placed in isolation in Singapore after one of them contracted monkey pox
The flight is on British Airways’ flagship London-Sydney route, which goes via Singapore.
The crew is said to have completed the outward journey and had a 24-hour layover in the Australian city.
The positive test reportedly came when they were on their way to the UK.
A BA spokesperson said: ‘We are working closely with the Singapore Health Authorities and have provided assistance with all the information they need.’
It comes as the UK Health Security Agency advised that thousands of men at high risk of contracting monkeypox should get a vaccine.
The UK Health Security Agency advised that thousands of men at high risk of getting monkey pox should get a vaccine (illustration)
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