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‘Patient 137’ tested positive again after being discharged from the hospital

'Patient 137' tested positive again after being discharged from the hospital 4

‘Patient 137’ tested positive again after being discharged from the hospital

Doctor Pham Ngoc Thach, Director of the Central Tropical Diseases Hospital, said the test, performed by the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, has a confirming meaning.

`Patient 137` has been treated at the Central Tropical Diseases Hospital since March 25, was declared cured on April 7, and continues to stay at the hospital in quarantine for 14 days as prescribed.

On April 22, after 6 negative tests, he was sampled for the 7th time and was released from the hospital.

The Central Hospital of Tropical Diseases informed the Nghe An Department of Health of the re-positive result, and at the same time, brought the patient back to Hanoi for treatment.

`Patient 137` was declared cured on April 7.

Mr. Duong Dinh Chinh, Director of the Nghe An Department of Health, said the Provincial Center for Disease Control coordinated with Yen Thanh district authorities, where the patient resides, to spray disinfectant in the house and area, and investigate the epidemic.

According to the epidemiological investigation, when leaving the hospital in Hanoi, he took a taxi to Nghe An. Along the way, he stopped in Ninh Binh province to exchange money and went to a restaurant in Tinh Gia district (Thanh Hoa province).

`The patient said he had been home for a day and had not come into contact with anyone. However, the patient’s wife, children, and an uncle were still required to self-isolate at home. Authorities continue to verify the epidemiological route.`

Yen Thanh district authorities said that people’s activities in the patient’s neighborhood are still normal and not blocked.

Thus, Vietnam currently records three re-positive cases including patients 22, 137, 188. Of which `patient 22` has returned to the UK and tested negative;

With the question `why did the patient test positive again`, Dr. Thach said the cause is currently unknown, but many hypotheses have been raised.

`There has been no clear research on the cause. Experts from the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases will continue to find out,` said Dr. Thach.

Nguyen Hai – Chile

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