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    (2nd LD) S.Korea reports first two suspected cases of monkeypox

    National 09:22 June 22, 2022
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    SEOUL, June 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has reported its first two suspected cases of monkeypox, public health officials said Wednesday.

    The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said two probable cases were found Tuesday and diagnostic tests are being conducted.

    KDCA said one of the suspected patients was a foreigner, who arrived in the country on Monday, and another was South Korean, who arrived on Tuesday.

    According to officials, the foreigner visited a hospital in Busan, 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Tuesday after having a sore throat, skin lesions and other possible symptoms of the monkeypox virus and has been admitted there after hospital officials reported it as a possible case.

    The South Korean arrived at Incheon International Airport from Germany around 4 p.m. Tuesday and reportedly showed symptoms two days before arriving. The person was admitted to Incheon Medical Center in Incheon, west of Seoul, after arriving.

    Both were in isolation treatment at their respective hospitals.
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    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN2022062...ional/national

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    Two suspected monkey pox patients, diagnostic test in progress (6.22.)

    Posted on 2022-06-22 Last modified 2022-06-22 Department in charge New Infectious Disease Response Division Contact 043-719-9130

    Two suspected monkey pox patients, diagnostic test in progress

    □ The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Chairman Baek Kyung-ran) announced on the afternoon of June 21 that two patients with clinical symptoms of systemic symptoms and skin lesions were reported as 'doctor patients*' with monkey pox and are currently undergoing testing.

    * (Terminology) Monkey smallpox 'physician patient': Considering clinical symptoms and epidemiologic relevance, a person who has suspected monkey smallpox but does not have test results that meet the test criteria for diagnosis

    ○ The first medical patient is a foreigner who entered Korea by air on June 20.

    - From June 19th, symptoms of bullous skin lesions occurred along with systemic symptoms such as sore throat and lymphadenopathy. Due to these symptoms, on the morning of June 21st, he was admitted to a hospital in Busan (a nationally designated inpatient treatment bed).

    - Dongho Hospital reported a suspected case of monkey pox at 4 pm on the 21st, and is currently undergoing treatment in an isolation ward at the same hospital.

    ○ The second doctor patient is a Korean who returned from Germany around 4:00 pm on June 21, starting with headache symptoms on June 18 before entry, and at the time of entry, mild fever (37.0℃), sore throat, asthenia (feeling weak), He showed systemic symptoms such as fatigue and skin lesions.

    - After arriving at Incheon International Airport, he reported his suspicion to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was classified as a pseudo-patient by the Airport Quarantine Office and Central Epidemiological Investigator.

    - After waiting at the airport quarantine facility, he was transferred to Incheon Medical Center (a nationally designated inpatient treatment bed) and is being treated.

    □ The quarantine authorities explained that they are currently conducting a diagnostic test and epidemiological investigation of monkey pox, and they said that they plan to hold a briefing as soon as the test results are released to inform about measures and response plans.

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    https://www.kdca.go.kr/board/board.e...ist_no=719902& act=view
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    (4th LD) S. Korea confirms 1st case of monkeypox infection

    National 19:11 June 22, 2022
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    SEOUL, June 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Wednesday confirmed its first case of monkeypox infection, prompting concerns over the possibility of the spread of the virus.

    The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said the patient, who arrived at Incheon International Airport from Germany at 4 p.m. Tuesday, has tested positive for the virus. The person has been in isolation treatment at Incheon Medical Center, west of Seoul, since arriving in South Korea.

    The person reportedly had a headache two days before departing and showed symptoms of fever, sore throat, lethargy and skin lesions when arriving in South Korea.

    An epidemiology survey showed the person had no high-risk associates, meaning family members or anyone who had regular or sexual contact within 21 days.

    KDCA said it was actively monitoring health conditions of those who sat near the patient on the person's arrival flight.

    The agency also raised the country's monkeypox risk level from "attention" to "caution" and decided to bolster measures against the spread of the virus.

    A foreigner who has been hospitalized in Busan, 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul, after showing possible symptoms of monkeypox has tested negative. The person was found to have chickenpox.
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    https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN2022062...ional/national

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    press release

    Infectious disease crisis alert level raised following the first case of monkeypox in Korea

    Posted on 2022-06-22 Last modified 2022-06-22 Department in charge New Infectious Disease Response Division Contact 043-719-9130

    * Edit page 2 : Deleted countries where monkeypox is common.

    Infectious disease crisis alert level raised following the first case of monkeypox in Korea

    - Main Content -

    □ As a result of the diagnostic test of two patients with monkey pox,one Korean confirmed positive.

    * Patient was transferred to Incheon Medical Center and treated, in-depth epidemiological investigation in progress

    □ After analyzing and evaluating the crisis situation, the crisis alert level was raised to 'caution', and the Central Quarantine Countermeasures Headquarters was activated.

    □ Requesting cooperation from the public and the medical community for early detection and prevention of community spread

    * Observe personal hygiene rules and consult with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention if symptoms occur within 21 days of returning to Korea

    □ The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Chairman Baek Kyung-ran) informed that as a result of diagnostic tests** of two patients with monkey pox, one Korean was confirmed as a final positive.

    * One foreigner who entered on June 20, and one Korean who entered on June 21

    ** Method of amplifying and detecting the specific gene of monkey pox virus

    □ This patient is a Korean who returned from Germany around 4:00 pm on June 21st, and started with headache symptoms on June 18th before entering the country. He showed systemic symptoms and skin lesions,

    ○ After arriving at Incheon International Airport, he reported his suspicion to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and was classified as a doctor patient by the airport quarantine station and the Central Epidemiological Investigator.

    □ As the confirmed cases were confirmed, the quarantine authorities held a crisis assessment meeting (chaired by the Deputy Director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) today to analyze and evaluate the crisis situation, and then decided to upgrade the crisis situation from 'interest' to 'caution'.

    ○ Due to this patient outbreak, the Minister of Health and Welfare and the head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a crisis alert level 'caution' according to the 「Standard Manual for Infectious Disease Disaster Crisis Management」.

    ○ Accordingly, the current countermeasures team (Chief: Director of the Infectious Disease Crisis Response Bureau) will be upgraded to the Central Quarantine Countermeasures Headquarters (Headquarters: Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to strengthen the multi-ministerial cooperation system.

    - In addition, it was announced that all cities, counties, and gu within the city/province of the country will operate an emergency quarantine system to install and operate local quarantine countermeasures teams.

    □ The quarantine authorities have decided to designate a quarantine management area for monkey pox in the second half of the year, and in particular, in countries where monkey pox is common, strengthen the monitoring of foreign inflow by strengthening fever standards.

    ○ In addition, by strengthening the guidance using the SMS text message and quarantine information pre-entry system (Q-code) for inbound and outbound travelers, the rate of self-reporting of health status questionnaires of inbound travelers will be improved,

    - If suspicious symptoms occur within the incubation period after entry, it will continue to be encouraged to report to 1339.

    □ Regarding monkeypox vaccination, we plan to make it available to those who wish to be vaccinated in consideration of the risk of contact with the patient to prevent onset and aggravation after exposure.

    - In addition, the rapid introduction of a third-generation vaccine is in progress.

    □ Distributing and using currently available therapeutic agents in Korea (cidofovir, vaccinia immunoglobulin, for a total of 100 patients) to medical institutions if necessary;

    ○ Tecovirimat (oral), an antiviral drug for the treatment of monkey pox, is scheduled to be introduced in Korea in July.

    * Distribution of the treatment guide (1st edition) (6. 8.)

    □ The Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) plans to conduct diagnostic tests for doctors and patients for the time being, but in the future, considering the situation of monkeypox in Korea, if there is a concern about the spread, the local government plans to expand the test to be performed.

    □ The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has distributed a guide for medical staff to respond to monkey pox, and plans to provide training for patients with suspected monkey pox in front-line medical institutions and provide training to respond to confirmed cases, and distribute videos.

    □ In accordance with the WHO International Health Regulations (IHR)*, the quarantine authorities notified the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office and Germany, the country of departure of the confirmed patient, of information on the occurrence of confirmed cases of monkey pox and measures to be taken this afternoon.

    * International health rules: International rules established by WHO with member countries for the purpose of preventing, preparing, managing and responding to the spread of public health risks such as large-scale infectious diseases

    □ Meanwhile, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) emphasizes that cooperation between the public and the medical community is more important than anything else for the early detection of monkey pox and blocking the spread of monkey pox in the local community.

    ○ For citizens visiting or traveling to countries with monkeypox, observe personal hygiene rules such as washing hands and wearing a mask,

    - If you develop symptoms within 21 days of returning to your home country, you are advised to contact the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) call center (1339).

    ○ Medical staff were asked to wear safe protective gear when treating patients with suspected monkey pox, and to actively cooperate in monitoring and reporting patients.

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    https://www.kdca.go.kr/board/board.e...ist_no=719909& act=view
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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