The Vietnam Ministry of Health reported today the first monkeypox case in the country in Ho Chi Minh City.
According to state media, the patient is a 35-year-old woman who began showing symptoms on September 18, 2022 while traveling in Dubai (from July 2022 to September 22, 2022 to Vietnam)– fever and fatigue, chills, muscle aches, headache and cough, red, itchy spots on the arms, trunk, and face.
Immediately after returning to Vietnam, on September 23, 2022, the patient visited Tu Du Hospital and suspected of having an infectious disease, was transferred to Ho Chi Minh City Dermatology Hospital. Here, the doctor examined and suspected to have monkeypox, the patient was isolated, took samples for diagnostic testing (Real time PCR test at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City).
On September 25, 2022, the patient had an initial positive result for monkeypox and was transferred to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City for further isolation, treatment and genetic sequencing at the Hospital. Clinical research by OXFORD University in cooperation with the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City.
Immediately after receiving information that the patient was suspected of having monkeypox, the Ministry of Health asked the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City to direct specialized agencies to continue promoting the implementation of disease prevention and control measures, urgently doing genetic sequencing tests and continue epidemiological investigation, outbreak handling, isolation and treatment of patients according to professional guidance of the Ministry of Health. At the same time, the Ministry of Health has asked the People’s Committees of provinces and cities to be on duty and strengthen the implementation of measures to prevent and control the monkeypox epidemic.
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Currently, the patient is in stable health with no fever and is being continued to be isolated and treated at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases under the guidance of the Ministry of Health.
With the information extracted through epidemiological investigation, together with the results of Real time PCR test, gene sequencing, the Ministry of Health determined that this was a case of monkeypox, which was transmitted from abroad; All cases of close contact with patients in Vietnam (since returning home) are monitored and monitored according to regulations and no suspected cases have been detected.
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