Vietnam reports 1st monkeypox case in Ho Chi Minh City


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The Vietnamese Ministry of Health Today I reported the country’s first case of monkeypox in Ho Chi Minh City.

According to state mediathe patient is a 35-year-old woman who began developing symptoms on 18 September 2022 while traveling in Dubai (July 2022 – 22 September 2022 to Vietnam) – fever, fatigue, chills, muscle aches, headache, cough, itchy red spots on arms, trunk and face.

Immediately upon his return to Vietnam, on September 23, 2022, the patient visited Tu Do Hospital and was suspected of having an infectious disease, and was transferred to the Ho Chi Minh City Dermatology Hospital. Here, the doctor examined and suspected monkeypox, isolated the patient, and took samples for diagnostic testing (real-time PCR testing at Hospital for Tropical Diseases and Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City).

On September 25, 2022, the patient obtained an initial positive result for monkeypox and was transferred to the Tropical Disease Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for further isolation, treatment and genetic sequencing in the hospital. Clinical research by Oxford University in collaboration with 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 Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee to direct specialized agencies to further strengthen the implementation of disease prevention and control measures, urgently conduct genetic sequencing tests and continue epidemiology. Investigate and treat outbreaks, isolate and treat patients according to the professional directions of the Ministry of Health. At the same time, the Ministry of Health has asked the people’s committees in the provinces and cities to be on duty and to strengthen the implementation of measures to prevent and control the monkeypox epidemic.

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Currently, the patient is in stable health and has no fever and continues to be isolated and treated at Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases under the direction of the Ministry of Health.

With information extracted through epidemiological investigation, as well as real-time PCR test results, and gene sequencing, the Ministry of Health determined that this is a case of monkeypox, which was transmitted from abroad; All cases of close contact with patients in Vietnam (since repatriation) are monitored and monitored according to regulations and no suspected cases have been detected.

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