No SARS-like virus detected in Vietnam

Vietnam has not detected any new virus coming from the same family as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), says the Ministry of Health (MoH).

In response to the complex progress of the appearance of the new virus, warned by the WHO, the MoH’s Preventive Medicine Department has asked the national epidemical surveillance system to strengthen monitoring work and effectively deal with the virus once it is detected in Vietnam.

The nation’s health watchdog has close contact with WHO officials to keep abreast of the virus development.

The Preventive Medicine Department has asked people not to be worried as no signs of virus transmission have been confirmed to identify the cause of the disease.

The WHO on September 23 announced the detection of a new virus coming from the same family as SARS after a 49-year-old Qatari man tested positive in the UK.

SARS, which emerged in China in 2002, killed 800 people around the world.