First Local Case of Mpox Virus Detected in Vietnam
By Beomsu Kim
Updated on September 27, 2023, at 11:07
In a concerning development, Vietnam has reported its first local case of the Mpox virus, prompting health authorities to take immediate action. The Health Department of Binh Duong, a southern province, has confirmed that a 22-year-old woman has tested positive for Mpox and is currently under quarantine.
Source of Infection
The woman is believed to have contracted the virus from her boyfriend, who resides in Dong Nai Province, located nearby. The man had exhibited symptoms such as high fever, chills, and blisters before testing positive in a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on the 22nd. However, the exact source of the infection is yet to be determined.
To prevent further spread of the virus, health authorities have conducted an extensive epidemiological investigation to trace and quarantine individuals who may have come into contact with the infected couple. These individuals have been advised to stay at home and monitor their health for a period of three weeks.
Last year, Vietnam reported its first Mpox infections, comprising a total of two cases who were both infected abroad and did not transmit the virus domestically. The recent couple testing positive brings the total number of Mpox cases in Vietnam to four.
Mpox Symptoms and Transmission
Mpox infection is characterized by a blistering rash and can be accompanied by symptoms such as fever, headache, and muscle pain. The virus is primarily transmitted through direct skin contact, body fluids, and saliva droplets.
Mpox, initially prevalent in Africa, started emerging in other regions in May last year. The rapid increase in the number of infections led the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on July 23 of the same year.
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According to local media VN Express on the 27th, the Health Department of the southern province of Binh Duong announced that a 22-year-old woman had been diagnosed with Mpox and was being quarantined at the facility.
The Department of Public Health understands that the woman was infected by her boyfriend, who lives in nearby Dong Nai Province.
The man showed symptoms such as high fever, chills, and blisters, and was tested positive in a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on the 22nd. The source of the infection is not yet known.
To prevent further infections, health authorities carried out an epidemiological investigation on people they came into contact with and ordered them to stay at home for three weeks to check their health.
In Vietnam, the first case of Mpox infection was confirmed last year. It was confirmed that a total of two people were positive, all of whom were infected abroad, but did not spread domestically.
The man and woman couple who tested positive this time are the third and fourth infected people.
When infected with Mpox, a blistering rash appears and can be accompanied by fever, headache and muscle pain. It is mainly transmitted through skin contact, body fluids, and saliva droplets.
Mpox, an endemic disease in Africa, started appearing in other regions in May last year.
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