South Korea reported its first two suspected cases of monkeypox, as reported by the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Agency (KDCA).
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The KDCA explained that the first case is that of a person of foreign nationality who arrived in the Asian country on Monday and visited a hospital in the city of Busan (450 kilometers southeast of Seoul) the next day, presenting a sore throat, skin lesions and other possible symptoms of the disease.
The second case focuses on a South Korean who landed yesterday at Incheon airport (which serves Seoul) from Germany, where he had already begun to experience symptoms.
Both are admitted, according to the KDCA.
The South Korean authorities classify monkeypox as a grade two contagious disease (within the scale of four) and have increased surveillance in recent weeks after cases have been detected in countries outside of central and western Africa, where outbreaks are usually concentrated, and in the face of the increase in cross-border travel after the stoppage of the pandemic.
The South Korean protocol involves treating affected patients in specialized hospitals and keep them in isolation and a 21-day quarantine is being considered for those who have had close contact – physical contact is the main route of transmission – with infected people.
Although monkeypox can sometimes cause serious health complications, in most cases, the symptoms – usually fever, muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes, rashes or skin lesions – disappear on their own in a few weeks.
With information from EFE