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International SOS Update: Monkeypox Information for Parents


We want to keep you informed about the current situation regarding Monkeypox in Vietnam and provide essential information for your awareness and precaution. As always, the safety and well-being of our students are our top priorities.


Current Situation:


As of the latest update, there have been five confirmed cases of Monkeypox in Vietnam, with four cases reported in Ho Chi Minh City and one in Binh Duong. It's important to note that the first two cases were imported, while the other three were detected within the community, with no history of international travel or contact with foreign travelers. Local authorities suspect community transmission. Fortunately, all affected individuals have stable and non-serious conditions.


What is Monkeypox (Q&A):

Resources for Monitoring Updates:

Conditions with Similar Symptoms:


It's important to be aware of conditions with similar symptoms, such as Monkeypox (Mpox), Smallpox, Chickenpox, Hand-foot-mouth diseases, and Herpes Zoster.


Transmission of the Virus:


Monkeypox is primarily transmitted through bodily fluids of symptomatic individuals, including skin lesions, scabs, rashes, respiratory secretions, and other bodily fluids. Sharing contaminated objects like bedding, clothing, and utensils is also a potential mode of transmission. Airborne transmission through droplets and aerosols is improbable.


Isolation and Monitoring:

  • Infected patients should be isolated and treated as inpatients.

  • Close contacts should self-monitor for 21 days.

Vaccination:


Please be aware that a vaccine for Monkeypox is not yet approved or available in Vietnam.


Preventive Measures:


To protect yourself and your family, follow these preventive measures:

  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid close or skin-to-skin contact with individuals who are infected or suspected patients, especially those with visible skin lesions.

  • Avoid unprotected contact with potentially contaminated materials such as clothing, bedding, or eating utensils used by someone with a Monkeypox infection, both in healthcare and non-healthcare settings.

  • When in contact with an infected person or if you are infected, wear a mask to prevent the virus from spreading to others.

  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces and objects and dispose of contaminated waste properly.

  • Early detection and quarantine/isolation are crucial when there is a suspected case.

For School (Ref: 2903/STY-NVY):


Parents are kindly requested to:

  • Not send their children to school if they show signs of suspected diseases.

  • Take their child for a medical examination immediately if there are signs of suspected diseases and inform the school immediately when a diagnosis is obtained from a medical facility.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Amy Goldstein at amy.goldstein@internationalsos.com.

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