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6 new monkeypox cases registered in Ho Chi Minh City

6 new monkeypox cases registered in Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 11:40 GMT+7
6 new monkeypox cases registered in Ho Chi Minh City
A medical worker stands behind a sign indicating ‘Quarantine zone’ at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases. Photo: Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City recorded six more cases of monkeypox, an illness caused by the monkeypox virus, over the past week, increasing the total monkeypox cases in the city since early this year to 19, the municipal Department of Health reported on Monday.

Among the new cases, two entered Vietnam and one left for Taiwan.

Twelve patients are currently under quarantine and receiving treatment.

All of them are in a stable state of health.

The health department also gave updates on other prevailing outbreaks in the city, including dengue fever and hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).

From the start of the year up to the present, Ho Chi Minh City has documented a cumulative total of 14,126 cases of dengue fever. 

In the previous week, the city registered an additional 422 dengue fever cases, marking a 5.3-percent rise compared to the average of the preceding four weeks.

Currently, medical facilities are treating a combined count of 200 dengue fever patients, including 103 adults and 96 children.

There have been approximately 30,000 cases of HFMD in the city since the beginning of the year. 

In the past week, the number of HFMD infections surged by nearly 1.5 times in comparison to the previous four-week average, reaching 1,532 cases.

In addition to the three aforementioned diseases, the city has grappled with two other outbreaks in January-September: pinkeye and COVID-19.

In response to this situation, the department proactively acted and successfully unraveled the genome of the viruses responsible for monkeypox and pinkeye. 

The city’s health sector pledges to continue vigilantly monitoring the outbreak progress and promptly reacting to any emerging situations. 

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Bao Anh - Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre News

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