Update: 15:40 | 05/02/2020
A female receptionist who was infected with Wuhan coronavirus (nCoV) in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa was released from hospital on February 4, making her the third successfully treated nCoV case in Vietnam.
Information from the Khanh Hoa Provincial Hospital of Tropical Diseases on Tuesday afternoon showed that the 25-year-old receptionist had her third negative test for the deadly virus which originated in China’s Wuhan City, thus meeting all conditions for discharge after an effective isolated treatment regimen.
A hotel receptionist (C) in Khanh Hoa Province who infected with nCoV has become the third nCoV patient to be released from hospital in Vietnam.
The female receptionist had contact with two Chinese nationals (a father and his son), who reported positive for nCoV, when they travelled to Khanh Hoa in mid-January. The Chinese duo – Li Zichao and his father Li Ding – have been receiving isolated treatment at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. The son was discharged earlier this morning after showing negative test results for the virus, while his father is recovering well but remains closely monitored at the hospital.
Regarding the Khanh Hoa patient’s situation, she is stable and her health meets the conditions for discharge set by the Ministry of Health (MoH), including showing no sign of fever for at least three days, with normal pulse, blood pressure, breathing and blood tests (negative for nCoV), as well as improved chest X-ray and normal renal function.
Doctor Nguyen Vu Quoc Binh, Deputy Director of Khanh Hoa Provincial Hospital of Tropical Diseases, said that the female patient had three negative tests for nCoV. Her health is now stable after undergoing isolated treatment for clinical symptoms. In addition, her condition has been improved with a nutritious diet and tonic. The patient cooperated well with the hospital staff during treatment, while doctors and nurses at the hospital strictly carried out medical examinations and treatment for her under the MoH’s set regulations, as well as supporting her in her daily activities, as she had been completely isolated from her family members.
Sharing the know-how of nCoV treatment, Binh said that infection cases would recover completely if detected early and provided with timely treatment. If nCoV patients receive treatment too late, they can suffer superinfection, making treatment more difficult. People and tourists showing any symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat should immediately go to the nearest medical facility for examination and counselling, he suggested.
Earlier, as the receptionist of a local hotel in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, the female patient had contact with Li Ding, 66, and his son Li Zi Chao, 28, when they checked into the hotel on January 16. Two days later, she had a cough and fever. The Chinese father came from Wuhan, the epidemic centre, while his son joined him from Vietnam’s southern province of Long An.
On January 24, after receiving information that the two Chinese nationals had tested positive for the deadly new coronavirus, the receptionist was isolated at Khanh Hoa Provincial Hospital of Tropical Diseases and her blood samples were sent to institutes in Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City, which later showed she had been infected with the virus too. Around 30 people who have recently been in contact with the female patient are being closely monitored but none of them are showing symptoms of fever or infection so far.
Thanks to effective treatment, after ten days, the receptionist was released from hospital this afternoon. Earlier today, Li Zichao was also discharged from hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Li Ding is still undergoing isolated treatment but has been improving greatly.
Yesterday, a 25-year-old female worker in Thanh Hoa Province, who tested positive for nCoV after having travelled to Wuhan during the epidemic, become the third nCoV patient to be released from hospital in Vietnam.