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Vietnam reports first monkeypox-linked death

Vietnam reports first monkeypox-linked death

Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 14:45 GMT+7
Vietnam reports first monkeypox-linked death
A monkeypox-infected man pronounced dead at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases. Photo: Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre

A 30-year-old man who had tested positive for monkeypox was pronounced dead at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases 18 days after his treatment, the municipal Department of Health said on Wednesday.

This was the first fatality related to the disease in Vietnam, according to the municipal department.

He also suffered from a severely compromised immune system.

The resident of Long An Province, some 45 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, was rushed to the hospital on October 2 after he developed symptoms of fever and blisters for nine days.

He tested positive for monkeypox, and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The patient underwent intensive care due to his weakened immune system, multi-organ failure and septic shock.

However, such a critical condition led to his death.

As of October 22, the city had been treating 20 monkeypox cases, with 18 of them, including 17 men and one woman, having concurrent HIV infection.

Of the total, two cases are in critical health condition with sepsis, cellulitis, perineal infection, malignant syphilis, draining lung abscesses, and skin infection.

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Tieu Bac – Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre News

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