First monkeypox infection detected in HCM City
Monkeypox infected patients in HCM City will be treated at the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases.
Speaking at a meeting held on Monday morning, the director of the department, Tang Chi Thuong, said that the infection was detected through health screening.
"We’re cooperating with relevant agencies to monitor the case and release a detailed report soon," he said.
Border gates in the country have been asked to intensify monitoring measures. Suspected monkeypox cases at the borders would be diagnosed and their medical and travel history analysed. Those with symptoms and risk factors would be sent to the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases for treatment.
People with suspected symptoms including unexplained blisters, fevers above 38 degrees Celsius, headaches and muscle aches, are advised to come to the nearest hospitals to be tested for monkeypox. They would need to either self-isolate or be isolated in hospitals while waiting for the test results.
The Ministry of Health earlier asked people entering Vietnam from areas with monkeypox outbreaks to be monitored and suspected carriers will be quarantined.