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Da Nang’s suspected monkeypox case confirmed as HFMD patient

Da Nang’s suspected monkeypox case confirmed as HFMD patient

Friday, October 20, 2023, 13:11 GMT+7
Da Nang’s suspected monkeypox case confirmed as HFMD patient
A resident with suspected monkeypox in Da Nang City, central Vietnam has been confirmed to be infected with hand, foot, and mouth disease. Photo: Vietnamese Ministry of Health

A resident with suspected monkeypox in Da Nang, central Vietnam has been confirmed to be infected with hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD), a local health official said on Thursday evening.

Samples taken from the patient were sent to the Pasteur Institute in Nha Trang City, located in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, on Wednesday for testing, according to Vo Thu Tung, deputy-director of the Da Nang Department of Health.

The test result was released on Thursday evening and showed that the patient had been positive for HFMD, not monkeypox as earlier suspected.

The HFMD diagnosis meant that anyone who had been in close contact with the patient should not have monitored their health.

The municipal health authority remained vigilant against monkeypox and asked its subordinates to take measures to raise public awareness about the infectious viral disease.

Two days ago, the Da Nang Center for Disease Control asked relevant medical units to adopt measures to prevent the possible spread of the disease, including putting the suspected Mpox patient under quarantine at Da Nang Hospital and making a list of people who had been in close contact with the case.

These people were told to monitor their health for 21 days following their exposure the suspected case or until the suspected case tests negative.

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