The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health confirmed on Sunday that the city had detected one more case of monkeypox, an illness caused by the monkeypox virus, taking the total to four in the city.
Meanwhile, Vietnam has documented five monkeypox infections, with two of them having the source of transmission from outside of the country.
The newly-discovered monkeypox patient was identified as a resident of the city’s outlying district of Binh Chanh.
The patient has recently neither come into contact with foreigners nor traveled abroad.
A 34-year-old man went to the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Dermato Venereology for a medical check-up on Thursday due to his suspected symptoms of the disease.
The hospital took his sample and sent it to the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City for testing.
The resulted showed a day later that he tested positive for the monkeypox virus, so he has been put under quarantine for treatment.
The patient quickly urged those in close contact with him to self-quarantine at home for 21 days right after he had been diagnosed with monkeypox.
Besides, his family members were told to disinfect their entire house.
|A medical worker in Ho Chi Minh City conducts a test to discover infections. Photo: Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre|
The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control is monitoring the health of the patient and his contacts, while making an epidemiological investigation.
A week ago, a 25-year-old man, who temporarily resides in Ho Chi Minh City, was found being infected with monkeypox.
He is still being put under quarantine, while his health is stable.
One of his close contacts tested positive for the disease, while the rest have yet to exhibit any symptom.
In Vietnam, monkeypox is listed as a Group B infectious disease, which is capable of spreading quickly and possibly causing death, according to the municipal Department of Health.
After the first imported case of monkeypox was logged in the country, the municipal department promptly directed the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control, and all the hospitals and medical facilities in the city, to beef up epidemiological surveillance to prevent the potential spread of monkeypox.
Residents are advised to quickly visit a hospital or healthcare center for an examination if they develop some suspected symptoms of the disease such as a fever of over 38 degrees Celsius, swollen lymph nodes, headache, muscle pain, back pain, and fatigue.