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Vietnam requires arrivals from monkeypox-hit areas to monitor health for 21 days

Vietnam requires arrivals from monkeypox-hit areas to monitor health for 21 days

Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 12:10 GMT+7
Vietnam requires arrivals from monkeypox-hit areas to monitor health for 21 days
Foreigners arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health announced on Monday the requirement for all arrivals from countries and territories where monkeypox is circulating to monitor their health for 21 days upon entering Vietnam. 

International arrivals will have their temperatures checked at border gates to detect cases of monkeypox.

Monitoring measures at border gates also include supervising medical quarantine officers.

People with suspected symptoms should be placed into temporary isolation for further testing, and transferred to medical facilities for treatment when necessary or self-monitor their health for 21 days from the date of entry.

People coming from countries or regions with cases of the disease are also required to self-monitor for 21 days.

Entrants displaying symptoms such as a rash, headache, fever, chill, sore throat, malaise, fatigue or swollen lymph nodes should attend a medical facility immediately.

The ministry also requested increased surveillance in the community and at health facilities to detect suspected cases.

In order to prevent monkeypox from spreading, the ministry recommended avoiding close contact with people who have, or are suspected of having, the disease and frequently washing hands with soap and clean water or hand sanitizer, among other measures.

As of August 15, the World Health Organization (WHO) recorded over 35,000 monkeypox cases in 92 countries and territories, including those close to Vietnam such as Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, China, and Japan. 

Twelve people have died. 

Typical symptoms of the disease include a fever, a headache, muscle pains, skin lesions, and rashes. 

It is transmitted through contact with bodily fluids or lesions.

As of August 21, Vietnam has not recorded any cases of monkeypox.

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Bao Anh - Thu Hien / Tuoi Tre News

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