Korea’s first confirmed case of monkey pox

On the 22nd, when the first confirmed case of monkey pox in Korea, a screen asking to report monkey pox symptoms such as fever and blistering rash was posted in the departure hall of Incheon International Airport Terminal 1.
Incheon Airport = Senior Correspondent Huh Jeong-ho

The first confirmed case of monkey pox in Korea. The quarantine authorities raised the alert level of the monkey pox infectious disease crisis from ‘interest’ to ‘caution’.

According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the 22nd, the confirmed patient was a 30-year-old Korean national who arrived from Germany through Incheon International Airport on the 21st.

Person A showed symptoms of headache on the 18th and showed systemic symptoms and skin lesions such as a mild fever of 37 degrees Celsius, sore throat, asthenia, and fatigue at the time of entry. He himself reported the suspicion to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and was classified as a suspected patient by the Airport Quarantine Station and Central Epidemiological Investigator, and is currently being treated at Incheon Medical Center. The patient’s overall health is good, and prescriptions are being made for pimples and fever. Person A stated that during the basic epidemiological investigation stage, there was a history of contact with other suspected patients in Germany.

The quarantine authorities said that there were no high-risk contacts with Mr. However, the passengers on the front, rear, left, right, and diagonal of Mr. A on the plane were judged to be medium-risk contacts with a slight risk of transmission, and they decided to actively monitor for symptoms for 21 days.

Foreigner B, who was reported as a suspected monkey pox patient along with person A, was confirmed as ‘chickenpox’.

After the first case of monkey pox, President Yoon Seok-yeol instructed the quarantine authorities to “strengthen quarantine management for overseas travelers through airports, etc. and closely monitor the situation of additional outbreaks in Korea.” He then emphasized, “If necessary, make every effort to ensure that the vaccines and treatments currently secured can be quickly distributed to the medical field,” he said.

Director Baek Kyung-ran of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) attends the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) on the 22nd, after explaining the situation, test results, and countermeasures for monkey pox in Korea. At a briefing on the 21st, Commissioner Baek said, “The result of gene amplification (PCR) test and gene sequencing analysis of a Korean who returned to Incheon Airport and showed suspicious symptoms was confirmed as a confirmed case.” yunhap news

The quarantine authorities issued an infectious disease crisis alert level ‘caution’ on the same day. Accordingly, the current countermeasures team will be upgraded to the ‘Central Quarantine Countermeasure Headquarters’, and the emergency quarantine system that operates the local quarantine countermeasures team will be operated in all cities/provinces across the country and cities/provinces where the outbreak occurred.

In addition, it plans to strengthen fever standards by designating a ‘quarantine management area’ in the second half of the year for countries where monkeypox is frequent.

Incheon Medical Center in Songnim-dong, Dong-gu, Incheon, who is treating the first confirmed case of monkey pox in Korea on the 22nd. news

For those who have come into contact with a monkey pox patient, the second-generation monkey pox vaccine will be used so that applicants can vaccinate, and the introduction of a third-generation vaccine will be promoted. 500 servings of ‘Tecovirimat’, an oral antiviral drug for the treatment of monkey pox, will be brought to Korea next month. Monkey smallpox is spreading across the world beyond Africa, which is an endemic region.

The WHO will hold an emergency meeting on the 23rd (local time) to discuss whether monkeypox is a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). PHEIC is the highest level of alert issued by the WHO for a global disease, and currently only applies to COVID-19 and polio.

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