On September 26, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health said that a male patient diagnosed with monkeypox (Mpox) is currently being isolated and treated at the Ho Chi Minh City Tropical Diseases Hospital. This is the first domestic monkeypox case discovered in Ho Chi Minh City. In addition, a person who had close contact with this patient was also determined to have monkeypox.
A male patient (25 years old, permanent residence in Xuan Truong commune, Xuan Loc district, Dong Nai province) came for examination at Ho Chi Minh City Dermatology Hospital on September 22 with suspected signs of monkeypox. The hospital took samples for testing and sent them to the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City.
On September 23, 2023, test results at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City showed that the patient was positive for monkeypox virus. Investigating medical history, the disease started about 1 week ago with symptoms of lymphadenopathy on both sides of the groin, fever, swelling and pain in the genitals and 2-3 small blisters. Then more pus spots appear on the hands, feet, chest, ulcers appear all over the body (hands, feet, oral mucosa, chest, genitals), itching, discomfort, no fever.
Currently, the patient’s health is stable, no fever, scattered blisters, and no new lesions. During the 3 weeks before symptom onset, the patient was only in Vietnam. Currently, the patient is being isolated and treated at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City.
Epidemiological investigation of the patient’s travel history showed that the patient temporarily resided in Ho Chi Minh City. After receiving the above information, the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC) conducted an epidemiological investigation, travel history, and compiled a list of 08 people in close contact with the patient (04 people in Ho Chi Minh City, 01 Binh Duong). Duong, 03 Dong Nai).
Among these eight people, one is the patient’s girlfriend (22 years old, residing in Binh Duong province), has not traveled abroad, and also tested positive for monkeypox September 24, and is currently being quarantined for treatment at Tan Uyen District Medical Center, Binh Duong province. This patient’s health is currently stable. The remaining close contacts are currently stable, with no unusual symptoms.
Up to now, Vietnam has recorded 4 cases of monkeypox. The first two cases originated from abroad.
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