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There has been recent confirmation of the first case of monkeypox infection in Lao PDR. This individual had a history of infection from a neighboring country. Given the ongoing entry and exit of Lao citizens and tourists to and from neighboring countries that have reported monkeypox cases, Lao PDR faces the risk of potential additional imported cases and local transmission within its borders.
The Ministry of Health has informed the Deputy Heads of Provincial and Vientiane Health Departments to increase their attention to surveillance and implementation of measures to prevent and control the potential outbreak of Monkeypox, especially among passengers traveling into Lao PDR from neighboring countries where monkeypox cases have been reported:
Therefore, this notification has been provided to circulate this notice and enforce adherence to its guidelines with utmost stringency.