Monkeypox fears prompt HCMC to request health declarations

By Thu Hang   July 27, 2022 | 06:19 am PT
Monkeypox fears prompt HCMC to request health declarations
A passenger (R) checks in at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City in January 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
Ho Chi Minh City has proposed that the Ministry of Health requires all entrants to submit health declarations as fears of a monkeypox outbreak rise.

Those who show symptoms of the disease or have had contact with monkeypox patients need to be separated for further examination, the proposal says.

The city wants entrants to fill out a questionnaire that asks whether a person has had contact with a monkeypox patient in the past 21 days, has signs of fever or swollen nodes or rash.

The World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global health emergency last week. WHO Europe has forecast just over 27,000 monkeypox cases in 88 countries by Aug. 2, up from 17,800 cases in nearly 70 countries at the latest count, according to Reuters.

Vietnam has not recorded any monkeypox infection so far.

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